JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) A Carter County woman has tested positive for West Nile virus, the eighth case in the state so far this year, health officials said Wednesday.
The woman whose name and age weren't released because of privacy regulations spent 11 days in a hospital with West Nile fever, but has fully recovered, officials said.
Officials believe the woman contracted the virus out of the state.
The virus, which also can cause symptoms similar to the flu, is potentially fatal. No West Nile deaths have been confirmed in Tennessee this year.
The latest case is the first in Carter County. The other cases have been in Davidson, Shelby and Sullivan counties.
Nationwide, there have been more than 5,700 cases and 110 deaths this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
About one in 150 people who get the virus develop the potentially deadly complication of encephalitis, a swelling of the brain. Most infected people show no symptoms.
Those at greatest risk are the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.
Eighth case of West Nile in state this year diagnosed
Published: Thu Oct 02, 2003 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:25 p.m.