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Wichita County reports human case of West Nile

WICHITA FALLS, Texas_The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District is reporting a human case of West Nile.

The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed a case of West Nile in a 38-year-old person in Wichita County. The patient had other underlying health conditions and has been hospitalized.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people over 60 years of age are at the greatest risk for severe disease. People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and those who have received organ transplants, are also at risk.

Most people (70-80%) who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms. About one in five people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people with this type of WNV disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.

Contact your healthcare provider if you are experiencing any of the symptoms described. It is also important to note that West Nile virus is not casually transmitted from person to person. To reduce the risk of being infected follow these precautions:

1. Stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active. Dusk and dawn are the times of day when the insects are most prevalent and likely to bite.
2. Wear DEET insect repellent. Always wear repellant when outdoors and choose products that contain DEET. Please follow instructions on product label.
3. Dress in long sleeves and pants when outside. For extra protection, you may want to spray thin clothing with repellent.
4. Drain standing water in your backyard and neighborhood–old tires, flowerpots and clogged rain gutters are just a few sites mosquitoes like to breed in.

For medical questions about West Nile virus, call 940-761-7697, 940-761-7892 or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/genquestions.html.

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