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Texas Sees First West Nile Case of Year

 
Texas Sees First West Nile Case of Year
Posted May 25th, 2013 @ 4:17am by Jim Forsyth

  Texas has reported its first case of West Nile Virus of the season, 1200 WOAI news reports.

 

  The case was reported in Anderson County, in east Texas.

 

  West Nile Virus is carried by mosquitoes.  It is a neuro invasive disease which is frequently fatal.

 

  Last year Texas reported 1,868 human cases of West Nile virus, and 89 deaths.

 

  "This is a serious illness that can take a long lasting toll," Texas Department of Health Services commissioner Dr. David Leakey said.  "Last season was unprecedented, with record numbers of cases and deaths reported in Texas.  People need to do all they can to protect themselves from mosquito bites."

 

  Leakey says there is no way to predict how series this season will be.  He says the weather, the numbers of birds, and mosquitoes that maintain and spread the virus all contribute to West Nile Virus.

 

  Leakey recommends that people use mosquito repellent every time they go outside, especially in the dawn and dusk hours when mosquitoes are most common.  Also drain standing water from buckets, cold tires, clogged rain gutters, and even watch out for puddles in the yard formed by rain or watering.

 

  Symptoms include headache, fever muscle and joint aches, nausea, and fatigue.  Symptoms occasionally last for several weeks.

 

  Up to 80% of people infected with West Nile will have no symptoms whatsoever.

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