Officials: Second Case of West Nile in Wichita County

Wichita Falls, Texas–The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District has received notification from the Texas Department of State Health Services laboratory of a confirmed case of West Nile Virus (WNV) disease in a 62-year-old person from Wichita County.

This is the second case in the county this year. The individual developed complications as result of the WNV infection and has been hospitalized.

The best way to avoid WNV disease is to prevent mosquito bites. Take action to protect yourself and your family and reduce the risk of being infected by following these precautions:

Stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active. Dusk and dawn are the times of day when the insects are most                        prevalent and likely to bite.

Wear DEET insect repellent. Always wear repellant when outdoors and choose products that contain DEET.                              Please follow instructions on product label.

Dress in long sleeves and pants when outside. For extra protection, you may want to spray thin clothing with                           repellent.

Drain standing water in your backyard and neighborhood to keep mosquitoes from breed in it. Empty all                  flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.

Protective measures are very important because serious WNV illness can occur in people of any age. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people over 60 years of age are at the greatest risk for severe disease. People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and persons who have received organ transplants, are also at greater risk for serious illness. The symptoms of serious WNV illness can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures, or paralysis. Please contact your healthcare provider if you experience any of the symptoms described.

The Health District will continue with mosquito control measures which include spraying for adult mosquitos and treating standing water to eliminate breed areas. For medical questions about West Nile Virus disease please call 940-761-7697 or 7892. Information can also be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.