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West Nile Case Confirmed In Cumberland County

Posted October 10, 2003 7:56 a.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Public Health Laboratory

has confirmed that a Cumberland County woman has been infected with West Nile virus.

The woman, who is in her 40s, has West Nile fever, which is the mildest form of the disease. She was never hospitalized, and she is recovering at home.

The case marks the state's 19th human West Nile infection this year and Cumberland County's third case of the year.

West Nile Virus has been found in humans, birds or animals across the entire state. Public health officials say that the disease could strike anywhere in the state and are reiterating their warnings for all North Carolinians to avoid mosquito bites.

Ways to prevent mosquito bites include:

  • Apply mosquito repellent containing 30 percent DEET.
  • Wear light-colored pants and long-sleeved shirts.
  • Avoid the outdoors at dusk and dawn, which are peak mosquito hours.