West Nile count at six in Arkansas

(August 26, 2003) — (Pine Bluff-AP) -- Jefferson County now has six human cases of West Nile virus, accounting for all the Arkansas cases of the mosquito-borne disease. The state Health Department also said a mosquito pool in Lawrence County tested positive for the virus and birds tested positive in Ashley, onway, Greene, Hempstead, Miller and Woodruff counties. In all this season, the department has reported positive test results in people, birds, horses, or mosquito pools in 24 counties. The other counties are: Arkansas, Benton, Chicot, Clark, Cleburne, Craighead, Crawford, Dallas, Drew, Hot Spring, Little River, Lonoke, Mississippi, Pulaski, Sebastian, and Union. According to Health Department reports, last year five Arkansans died from the disease and 43 people contracted it in 15 counties. The state is considered to be in its peak season for West Nile virus. Last year, the bulk of Arkansas human cases surfaced between August eleventh and September 21st.