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First human West Nile case reported in Davidson Co.

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All states except Alaska and Hawaii have reported at least one case of West Nile virus. (©iStockphoto/Thinkstock) All states except Alaska and Hawaii have reported at least one case of West Nile virus. (©iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

The Metro Public Health Department is investigating the first human case of West Nile virus this year in Davidson County.

The affected person, whose identity and specific location has not been released, lives in the Antioch area, health officials said.

So far this year, the West Nile virus has been detected in batches of mosquitoes found in Antioch, Goodlettsville, Hermitage, Madison, north Nashville and south Nashville.

Health department staff have increased mosquito trapping efforts in the areas where the mosquitoes tested positive, officials said, but there are no plans to spray to kill adult mosquitoes in Davidson County.

At least 12 confirmed human cases have been reported this year in Tennessee, including Adrian Johnson, wife of Ashland City Mayor Rick Johnson, who spoke recently with Channel 4 News.

"My face was swollen. My hands were swollen, my leg - everything was swollen," Johnson said.

Adrian Johnson said she was hanging out Memorial Day weekend in her backyard with her family when she was bitten by a mosquito. She said she didn't think twice about it until that night when her temperature spiked, and her family rushed her to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville.

"I had one MRI. They said I wouldn't let them give me another MRI, then I had a spinal tap and I don't remember any of it," she said.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus include a high fever, headache, stiffness in the neck and fatigue. Johnson said she also experienced a lot of swelling, pain and confusion.

The health department recommends the following ways to protect against mosquitoes:

  • Limit time outdoors at dusk and nighttime hours when mosquitoes are present.
  • If you must be outdoors, wear a mosquito repellent that is approved for use by the CDC, including products that contain DEET, Picaridin, and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors during dusk to dawn and when mosquitoes are most prevalent. Clothing should be light-colored and made of tightly woven materials to keep mosquitoes away from the skin. Pant legs should be tucked into shoes or socks, and collars should be buttoned.
  • Make sure your windows and doors have screens and are in good repair.
  • Reduce or eliminate all standing water in your yard - especially in children's toys, bird baths, clogged gutters, tires, flowerpots, trash cans and wheelbarrows.
  • Cut back overgrown vegetation.

For more information on the health department's mosquito control efforts, call 615-340-5668 or visit:

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