Alabama has recorded nine new human cases of West Nile virus, including five in Tuscaloosa County, which bring the statewide total to 39. None of the new cases has been fatal.
In Tuscaloosa County, new cases were reported in men ages 80, 79 and 48 and women ages 66 and 64. Jefferson County had new cases in men ages 79 and 45 and a woman age 40. Mobile County reported one new case in a 78-year-old woman.
State health officials said the number of cases will increase until the temperature starts dropping below 60 degrees at night, which will slow down the breeding of the mosquito’s that spread the disease from infected birds to humans and horses.
The bad news is that an extremely cold winter won't reduce the likelihood of another outbreak next year.
So far, the state Department of Public Health has found infected humans, horses, birds or mosquito pools in 62 of Alabama's 67 counties.
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Source: www.vdh.state.va.us contributed to this report
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