While warm weather often means increased cases of West Nile virus, it hasn’t gotten warm enough for long enough to cause the area any concern according to a public health official.  State officials will collect mosquito batches statewide to monitor the spread of the disease, but it’s been a slow season so far in the Riverbend.

 

The Madison County Health Department’s Amy Yeager says you can play a role in preventing the disease. 

 

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Symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.  But not everyone who gets the West Nile will know they have it.  Officials say four out of five people infected won't show any symptoms. 

 

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