• Gaston Co. mom says daughter tested positive for West Nile


    GASTON CO., N.C. - A Gaston County mother told Eyewitness News her 6-year-old daughter tested positive for the West Nile Virus. 

    Nicole Smith said her daughter, Elizabeth, started developing symptoms last week.

    "She showed all the symptoms and I know it was too early in the season for flu," said Smith.

    Nicole had heard about the recent nationwide outbreak of West Nile Virus.  She also knew her daughter had several mosquito bites from playing near a creek in her front yard.  She took Elizabeth in for testing.

    "The nurse called me back and said she had tested positive,"  she said.

    She said the nurse told her the virus was no longer in her daughter's body.

    Saturday a spokesperson with Gaston County's Health Department said, as of Friday, there were no lab confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in the county, but that could change.

    Health officials said doctors and labs had seven days to report lab confirmed cases of the virus to the state.  Already this year there have been five lab confirmed cases and two deaths.  One of those deaths was in Cabarrus County.

    Smith was happy to see her daughter healthy again.

    "I thank God she is, because I see all these people dying from it.  I'm just happy that her body was able to fight it off." 

    Gaston County's Health Department has a vector control program to control mosquito populations.  Saturday officials encouraged those with mosquito problems to call 704-853-5200.

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