Mobile County woman diagnosed with West Nile

Mobile County is reporting its first human case of West Nile virus for 2008.

Health officials say the victim is a woman who lives in the 36606 zip code.

Officials say they are awaiting lab results to determine if two
other Mobile area residents, a male and female, have also
contracted the virus.

Last month, an elderly Jefferson County man was diagnosed with
the ailment.

The virus is usually transmitted by a mosquito bite. Symptoms
include an abrupt onset of headaches, fever, nausea, a stiff neck,
achiness and fatigue.

Health experts say residents can protect themselves by wearing
repellant containing the chemical D-E-E-T, wear protective clothing
and remove standing water from around their homes.


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