Another West Nile Case In Alabama

The number of West Nile virus cases in Alabama this year has risen to 14, with the latest victims a Montgomery County man in his 40s and a Mobile County man in his 80s. Two people in their 80s have died from the mosquito-borne virus in Alabama this year.

State health officials said West Nile virus infections in humans have been reported from the following counties: Baldwin, two, one of them fatal; Blount, one; Calhoun, one; Geneva, two; Marshall, one; Mobile, three; Monroe, one; Montgomery, one; Shelby, one; and Talladega, one fatal case. West Nile virus has so far been detected in mosquitoes, horses, birds and humans in 28 counties in Alabama. Last year, the state had 49 human cases of West Nile virus infection, including three fatal cases.

The State Health Officer, Doctor Donald Williamson, says residents should take care to avoid mosquito bites. The risk of disease from mosquito bites, he says, will probably increase and only subside when a freeze in late fall kills the mosquitoes. West Nile virus affects the elderly most severely.