Three more cases of West Nile Virus have been diagnosed in Houston bringing the grand total of cases diagnosed this year thus far, to seven. One of the cases has been fatal.
The three newest cases of West Nile Virus include:
- a northeast Houston woman between the ages of 35 and 44.
- a northwest Houston man between the ages of 55 and 74.
- a northwest Houston woman between the ages of 55 and 74.
In the fatal case of the West Nile Virus diagnosed in Houston, a southwest Houston man between the ages of 75 and 84 died on Aug. 1.
The other people diagnosed with West Nile Virus include:
- a southeast Houston woman between the ages of 55 and 74.
- a southeast Houston woman between the ages of 45 and 54.
- a northeast Houston woman between the ages of 55 and 74.
Many are infected with the virus within three to ten days of a bite from an infected mosquito.
Most often, West Nile Virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then potentially spread West Nile Virus to humans and other animals when they bite. The virus is not known to spread through casual contact such as touching or kissing a person with the virus.
Many southeast Texas counties have been conducting intense spraying to minimize the presence of mosquitoes during this time of year. Experts are calling the pests aggressive and relentless this summer.
During peak mosquito times at dawn and dusk, experts recommend people wear long pants and shirts with long sleeves to combat being bitten by mosquitoes. Experts also encourage using insect repellant containing ingredients such as DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus to ward off the insects.
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