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Possible West Nile Virus Case Comes Up Negative

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FAYETTEVILLE — Cumberland County and state health officials are waiting on results from a third set of test results to rule out the possibility of a case of the West Nile Virus.

A 10-year-old girl was admitted to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with viral meningitis three weeks ago.

The first tests raised the possibility she could have the mosquito-borne illness.

Further testing at the state level came back negative, but experts say that those results are not necessairy conclusive. Samples are being sent to the Center for Disease Control for final confirmation.

Health officials say that the additional testing is standard protocol and is part of a major effort to detect the virus and prevent its spread, should it appear.

Since mosquitos pass along the virus, it is impotant to watch out for them. Health experts suggest using bug repellent when outdoors. It is also important that outdoor areas are cleared of standing water where mosquitos can lay eggs.

Health officials say that there has not been a confirmed case of the West Nile Virus in North Carolina this year.

They say you can help monitor for the virus by reporting dead or strangely behaving crows, blue jays and hawks to your local health department.