Alabama county confirms more cases of West Nile Virus

MOBILE, Ala (Associated Press) — Alabam’s Mobile County has confirmed its 12th case of West Nile Virus. The county’s health department announced the increase on Friday.

The first case was reported in August, Mobile County Health Officer, Dr. Bernard H Eichold II urged residents to… “don’t let your guard down,” and assume that there are mosquitoes carrying the disease throughout the area.

The health department says mosquito activity peaks at dusk and dawn. Officials said the best ways to prevent bites are to wear long pants and shirts, use repellent, and avoid standing water.

Humans with the virus or other mosquito-borne diseases often have symptoms of high fever, severe headache, nausea, stiff neck, confusion muscle weakness, paralysis, disorientation, and seizures.

In rare cases, the virus can cause coma or death.