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Alabama has first confirmed case of West Nile in Summer 2013

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The first case of West Nile Virus in the United States has been confirmed for 2013.

Coffee County, Alabama was the unfortunate winner of that distinction when the

Alabama Department of Public Health confirmed on Friday that one case of West Nile Virus was present in a human.  Officials also said they are examining confirmed cases of Eastern equine encephalitis, better known as EEE, in horses. 

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West Nile can cause an asymptomatic infection, a mild or moderate flu-like illness, or neurological diseases such as encephalitis or meningitis. Approximately 80 percent of people bitten will show no signs or symptoms of the virus. 

Health officials warned that mosquitoes in any county in Alabama may be carrying the virus or other mosquito-borne diseases.

 

 

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