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Many have West Nile but don't show symptoms say doctors

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

If you think you're starting to see a lot of mosquitoes, you are.

"Because of the mild weather that we've had there's more mosquitoes and there's more likelihood of being bit," said Baptist Hospital's Dr. Mark Castellaw.

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Mid-South doctors say they're starting to see cases of West Nile Virus climb this year. One person has died in the state of Mississippi this year, but doctors say at least 80 percent of people have this virus, and will never show any symptoms. In fact, out of 1 million people in Shelby County, about 1 percent will suffer serious effects of West Nile.

Even though only a small percentage of people will actually get the West Nile Virus, doctors say we all still need to take precautions.

"Getting rid of the vectors, the mosquitoes who spread this disease, can be your best defense for the 1 percent of people who are prone to the most severe sort of illness," said Methodist Hospital's Dr. Robert Rayner. "It is a life threatening condition."

Doctors say those who fall into a high risk category including the elderly, children and those with immune problems.

"These will be severe headaches, neuralgic changes, confusion, seizures, inability to respond to their environment, perfuse vomiting, the symptoms are not subtle," Dr. Rayner added.

It also means, for most of us, if you end up with the virus, you may end up with slight symptoms including a low fever, maybe a rash.

But, for the rest of us, just be forewarned.

"Take care of your home area with standing water and when you go outside for outside activities, firework activities, things like that. Use mosquito spray," said Dr. Castellaw.


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