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First case of West Nile reported
Houston County Courier - July 2008

The Texas Department of State Health Services issued a statement on Wednesday, July 9 reporting the first case of West Nile Neuro-invasive Disease (WNND).
The case had onset in the first week of June, and occurred in a 60+ year-old man from Denton County.
According to DSHS this is the fourth case of West Nile (WN) illness reported for 2008.
The three other cases were WN fever illnesses from Denton, Montgomery, and Randall counties.
WN virus positive mosquito pools have been identified in Brazoria, Brazos, Dallas, and Harris counties.
At this time in 2007, DSHS had reported one case of WNND and no cases of WN fever.
To monitor current WNV activity in a given area, visit the DSHS Zoonosis Control West Nile webpage. 
It contains detailed statistics, tables, and maps illustrating up-to-date West Nile virus activity in Texas.  http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/westNile/
Preventing mosquito bites reduces the risk of developing WN illness and other viral diseases that mosquitoes can transmit.
DSHS offers these friendly reminders: Use insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus; Place insect repellents by the front and back doors of your home, so they are easily accessible when you go outside. Keep extra repellent in outdoor areas such as patios and decks; Limit the amount of time you spend outdoors between dusk and dawn. This is when mosquitoes most likely to carry WNV are predominantly biting; Mosquito-proof your house. Make sure door seals are secure and window screens are intact; Drain standing water around your home. Empty cans, buckets, tires, rain gutters, and saucers under potted plants regularly. Change the water in pet bowls, birdbaths, and wading pools several times a week and Vaccinate horses annually against WNV.





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