Four confirmed deaths from the West Nile Virus have even prompted Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster to declare a health emergency.
West Nile Virus can inflame the brain and bring about death. But not everyone who contracts the mosquito-borne virus faces death. Most people who contract the virus suffer flu-like symptoms.
It's the elderly and those with weakened immune systems who are at more risk.
At this time, there is no specific treatment for West Nile. Many have recovered with the help of intravenous fluids and overcoming other infections.
Louisiana and other areas have been spraying chemicals to fight the outbreak.
People are purchasing record amounts of insecticide and wearing long pants and long sleeves when outside.
They also have been urged to watch for dead birds and stay away from stagnant water, which becomes a breeding ground.
Here in the Wiregrass, four people have been diagnosed with symptoms that could possibly be from Encephalitis or West Nile Virus. Tests have been run on those cases and we're still awaiting the results.
At 7 p.m. Monday, there will be a town meeting at the Dothan Civic Center.
The meeting will give citizens an opportunity to talk to a panel of experts about concerns they may have about the virus.
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Source: www.vdh.state.va.us contributed to this report
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