West Nile spreads in Arkansas

(August 8, 2003) — (Little Rock-AP) -- State Health Department officials say West Nile virus has spread to a 14th Arkansas county. Pulaski County is the latest on the list. The Pulaski County case was detected in the body of a dead bird. One human case has been reported in Arkansas this year, in Jefferson County. Earlier, birds tested positive for the virus in Arkansas, Benton, Clark, Cleburne, Crawford, Hot Spring, Jefferson, Little River, Mississippi, Sebastian, and Union counties. Horses also have tested positive in Logan and Sebastian counties, and a positive mosquito pool was reported in Greene County. Last year, the state had 43 confirmed human cases, resulting in five deaths. The illness usually produces mild symptoms, if any, in most people.