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September 4, 2002

Albany - A South Georgia woman is recovering from what is likely the West Nile Virus. If confirmed, this will be the first case of the quickly spreading disease in Southwest Georgia.

The 57 year-old Colquitt County woman was admitted to the hospital August 23rd, with severe flu-like symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control is running tests to confirm whether she has West Nile.

"Doctors ran preliminary tests, but we have to wait for the CDC confirmation. It could be a week before we hear anything," said Mel Jones, Environmental Health Director.

She is now recovering at home. If tests come back positive, this will be the 639th confirmed case of disease in the United States. Test results are expected in about a week.

31 people in the United States have died from West Nile, two of them in Georgia.

Posted at 5:28 by kathryn.murchison@walb.com