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08/22/02

West Nile in Georgia

State health officials say a 51-year-old man from Atlanta and a 77-year-old man from Columbus died from the West Nile Virus, but wouldn't say when. They also say there are four other cases of West Nile in humans--two more in Columbus and one each in Perry and Covington. And even though it's been discovered in humans in only four counties, the officials say the disease is found throughout the state.

The Food and Drug Administration just approved the first nationwide trial for a drug to treat the West Nile Virus. Alpha Interferon is used to treat Hepatitis-C, but researchers think it could be used to lessen the symptoms and duration of West Nile.

For complete information on the disease and where it's been found nationwide, check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at the link below.

Reported by: Aaron Vogel

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