12 cases of West Nile reported in Alabama’s Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s Mobile County has confirmed its 12th case of West Nile virus.

The county’s health department Friday announced the increase in a press release. The first case was reported in August.

County Health Officer Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II urged residents to “don’t let your guard down” and assume that there are mosquitoes carrying the disease throughout the area.

The health department says mosquito activity peaks at dusk and dawn. Officials said the best ways to prevent bites are to wear long pants and shirts, use repellent, and avoid standing water.

Humans with the virus or other mosquito-borne diseases often have symptoms of high fever, severe headache, nausea, stiff neck, confusion, muscle weakness, paralysis, disorientation, and seizures. In rare cases, the virus can cause coma or death.