West Nile Virus

State health officials say four Georgia men have tested positive for the dangerous West Nile Virus. That brings to five the number of human cases detected in the state. Officials with the state division of Public Health said all four men are expected to recover. Three of the men were hospitalized in September and October and the fourth remains in the hospital. The state says lab results for the men had just been completed, delayed for weeks by increased lab testing for anthrax. The state did not release the men's names but identified them as a 61- year- old from Macon County, a 73- year- old from Richmond County, a 70- year- old from Wayne County and a 68- year- old from Pierce County. In August, a 71-year- old Atlanta woman died of West Nile. It was the first death from the virus outside the Northeast since it appeared in North America in 1999. West Nile Virus is spread by mosquitoes, which can carry the virus from infected animals to humans. The elderly and people with chronic immune deficiencies are most at risk. The virus is not spread person to person.

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