Human case of West Nile confirmed in midstate

State health officials have confirmed two human cases of West Nile virus in Georgia, including one in Middle Georgia.

A 52-year-old Johnson County resident, as well as a 57-year-old Gwinnett County resident, have been diagnosed with the disease.

The health department cannot disclose the names of those infected. Information about the health status of the Johnson County resident was not immediately available today.

Spread by infected mosquitos, West Nile Virus is carried by birds and occasionally transferred to humans, who usually don't get sick. However, symptoms can range from a mild flu-like illness to inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, which can be fatal.

The very old, young and the ill are most prone to worse West Nile cases. Six Georgians sickened with West Nile last year and one died, according to state health records.

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