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Wayne fatality blamed on West Nile virus

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on August 13, 2012 2:09 PM

North Carolina's first fatality this year attributed to West Nile virus is an elderly man from Wayne County, county Health Director Davin Madden announced this afternoon.

Madden was awaiting the release of more information from state health officials but in the meantime said his staff has alerted all medical providers in the area to be aware of the case.

Typically tied to "mosquito vector borne virus," West Nile virus is typically transmitted by mosquitos. The health director advised the public to take proper precautions, such as avoiding areas of standing water, where mosquitos tend to gather, and wearing long sleeves when outdoors.

Some of the symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache and stiff neck. Anyone with concerns is asked to contact their physician.

See Tuesday's News-Argus for more details.