New West Nile Victims In Wichita County

WICHITA FALLS - There are three newly reported cases of West Nile in Wichita County, bringing the total number to five this year.

Charge nurse for epidemiology Leslie Gresham at the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District told Newschannel 6 positive test results showed a 41-year-old male, 78-year-old female and 19-year-old female were categorized as probable cases. Two of the individuals are from Wichita Falls and the third lives in Iowa Park.

The state of Texas requires health departments to classify cases as either probable or confirmed. Gresham said that probable cases are treated as if the case is confirmed. It's determined through blood work and other findings. Costly DNA or spinal fluid testing is used to confirm the presence of West Nile.

Centers For Disease Control And Prevention states for West Nile Fever, a less serious case, symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash (on the trunk of the body) and swollen lymph glands.

Syptoms for more severe cases include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis.

Texoma citizens can prevent mosquito bites by following these tips:

  • Wear long sleeves and long pants when outside
  • Stay indoors at dusk and dawn
  • If you go outside wear a mosquito repellent with Deet
  • Keep your yard clean and free of areas were water can stand, giving mosquitoes a place to breed

To request spraying for live mosquitoes in your area please call 940-761-7890.  
If you have specific questions about West Nile virus you can call 940-761-7697, or visit the CDC website.