Second case of West Nile reported in Gregg County

Second case of West Nile reported in Gregg County

GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A second case of West Nile neuroinvasive disease has been reported in Gregg County.

As of Monday morning, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 225 cases of West Nile in the state - 72 of those cases are West Nile fever and 153 of those cases are West Nile neuroinvasive disease.

The case reported Monday is the second known case of West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease in Gregg County.

Other East Texas counties who have reported cases to the state include:

  • Bowie County - 1 case of West Nile Fever
  • Henderson County - 1 case of West Nile neuroinvasive disease
  • Hopkins County - 1 case of West Nile Fever
  • Jefferson County - 4 cases of West Nile Fever
  • Smith County - 3 cases of West Nile neuroinvasive disease
  • Titus County - 1 case of West Nile Fever
  • Van Zandt County - 1 case of West Nile Fever
  • Wood County - 1 case of West Nile neuroinvasive disease

Since the start of the year, at least 10 deaths in the state have been associated with West Nile.

People can reduce their risk of exposure to the mosquito-borne virus that causes it by eliminating standing water and other mosquito breeding areas and avoiding mosquito bites.

The symptoms of West Nile neuroinvasive disease - a severe form of the infection -  include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis.

Only about one out of 150 people infected with West Nile virus develop the neuroinvasive disease, the DSHS reports.

In 2015, there were 275 cases of West Nile in the state, including 16 deaths.

Residents are encouraged to use the 4 Ds to optimize protection from mosquitoes:

  • Deet: use insect repellent while outdoors at all times to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and other insects.
  • Dress: wear long, loose and light-colored clothing – including pants and long sleeves.
  • Drain: drain all standing water in and around the home and office.
  • Dusk and Dawn: limit outdoor activities during the dusk and dawn hours as mosquitoes are most active during those times.

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