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Human cases of West Nile confirmed in Vanderburgh Co.

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The Vanderburgh County Health Department tells 14 News between one and four cases of West Nile virus in a human has been confirmed the county.

An Evansville man tells 14 news his mother is now recovering from the virus. James Wilhite says his 85-year-old mother has spent a lot of time outside this summer at the her Pennsylvania Street home on Evansville's West Side.

Wilhite says his mom was taken to Deaconess Hospital recently, with a fever and an infection and says it wasn't until after four days of blood work that they were finally told the diagnosis.

"She said that my mother had West Nile virus," said Wilhite. "Well, we couldn't believe it. It was just unbelievable that my little 85-year-old mother could contract this just from sitting on the front porch of her house" he said. The good news with all of this is it can be treated, it's a highly treatable thing, the doctors tell me."

Wilhite says his mother is now home and recovering.

The Vanderburgh County Health Department will only confirm that there are between one and four cases of West Nile in a human in the county. They haven't said which area the person or persons live or who they are due to federal privacy laws. 

A vector control specialist did confirm they'll be spraying in the Reitz Hill area Wednesday night, weather permitting. 

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