Man contracts West Nile virus in Currituck, calls for county to issue warning

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 An 87-year-old man contracted the West Nile Virus and his family says he is fighting for his life after complications from the disease, including a blood infection.

Marvin Moore lives in Wedgewood Lakes, off Tulls Creek Road in Moyock.  

Moore’s granddaughter, Sheryl Pope, says he likely got bit by a mosquito in mid-July. On Aug. 8, she says test results came back positive. 

Moore is also recovering from a urinary tract infection and has dementia.

Pope questions why Albemarle Regional Health Services and Currituck County have not notified any warning or notification to the public.

“It needs to be taken seriously because one day you can be fine and healthy and the next you can be fighting for your life,” said Pope. “At this point, I had to take things into my own hands to let the people in this county know that something needs to be done.”

Randall Edwards, spokesperson for Currituck County, says they have not sprayed for mosquitoes this season because mosquito traps have resulted in low numbers.

Pope says recent rains have brought more mosquitos to the county and wants officials to reconsider their decision not to spray.

“When you go outside, it’s a swarm and you can see a cloud of mosquitos,” said Pope. “We do need to have the trucks out and spraying and these mosquitos put under control before other people get the virus.”

April Elmore, infection control officer with Currituck County EMS, reminds residents to apply bug spray and wear long sleeves and pants when outside for an extended period of time.

Jill Jordan, public information officer with Albemarle Regional Health Services, would not confirm a recent case of West Nile Virus.

As for why Jordan’s office has not notified the public, she said, “The process of notification occurs after clinical assessments are complete.”

Moore’s family says they received confirmation from doctors at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center on Aug. 8.

“It’s scary,” she said. “You don’t know how bad it is until it happens to somebody that you know.”

Currituck County is offering residents free mosquito briquettes – which can be placed in standing water to kill mosquitoes. The briquettes can be picked up at the Currituck County Health Department located at 2795 Caratoke Highway.

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