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First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Tennessee for 2014 Confirmed

Updated: Tuesday, June 24 2014, 03:49 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn-- The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus this year. 


A Shelby County resident is currently recovering, marking 2014's first human contraction. Along with West Nile Virus, recent cases of Chikungunya virus has also raised cause for concern in the Volunteer state. According to TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, "Reducing breeding areas is an old strategy we need to bring back to protect our families, neighbors and customers, so in addition to personal bite protection, we urge people across Tennessee to remove standing water around their homes and businesses."


ALSO READ: First Case of Chikungunya Virus Reported in Tennessee



Tennessee had 24 human cases of West Nile virus in 2013, three of those cases resulting in death. 


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