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Alabama Woman Diagnosed with West Nile

MOBILE, Ala.  (AP) - 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 DEET, wear protective clothing and remove standing water from around their homes.

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