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9/5/03 - Tyler

More Human Cases Of West Nile In East Texas

Late this afternoon Smith County public health officials announced two new human West Nile cases in the county. Unfortunately, they believe these will not be the last in East Texas this year. The first case of West Nile in Smith County was reported in north Tyler. These latest cases move south. A 76 year old woman, living in the southwest part of Tyler, has been diagnosed with West Nile Meningitis. That's the most serious form of the virus. Tonight, she's in a local hospital. Her condition has not been released. The second new case involves a 57 year old man who lives in southeast Tyler. Tests confirm he has West Nile Fever... a less severe form of West Nile. The man is recovering at home tonight. The first person to contract West Nile in Smith County, a woman, diagnosed in August, is still hospitalized tonight, but is no longer in critical condition. And in Longview, authorities are still waiting on autopsy results to determine if West Nile caused the death of 62 year old Jeanette Jones. She died Sunday, and had also been diagnosed with West Nile.
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