State confirms first human case of West Nile in 2013

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State confirms first human case of West Nile in 2013

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Posted on May 24, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Updated Friday, May 24 at 5:13 PM

The first human case of West Nile virus this season was confirmed in Anderson County, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported Friday.

The patient is an adult man recovering from the neuroinvasive form of the disease. No other patient information will be released.

Anderson County is located southwest of Tyler, Texas. The county seat is Palestine, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas.

“This is a serious illness that can take a long-lasting toll,” said Dr. David Lakey, DSHS commissioner in a news release. “Last season was unprecedented, with record numbers of cases and deaths reported in Texas. People need to do all they can to protect themselves from mosquito bites.”

According to the release, last year Texas reported 1,868 human cases of West Nile illness, including 89 deaths.

Officials noted the severity of each West Nile season fluctuates depending on several factors including weather and the numbers of birds and mosquitoes that maintain and spread the virus.

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