West Niles cases reported in Mont. Co.

August 11, 2009 5:26:42 PM PDT
Texas Department of State Health Services confirms four new cases of West Nile in Montgomery County. The cases of West Nile viruses were reported from northern and eastern Montgomery County.Montgomery County Environmental Health Service Director Pat Buzbee stated, "The state DSHS lab in conjunction with the center for Disease Control reported the first of the year for Montgomery County. The arbovirus has been reported in the bird population as previously stated."

" The best thing for the citizens of Montgomery County to do is be proactive by following general procedure for using mosquito repellant," Buzbee said, "Wear protective clothing when outdoors and to make sure no attractive breeding sources exist in their immediate environment."

"We will continue to monitor the situation and keep the public informed," he said. "Our county commissioners have been staying on top of the situation as well and we will keep them updated with the information we receive from state health authorities.

Infection with WNV can result in no symptoms, or can lead to West Nile fever or severe West Nile disease.

It is estimated that about 20% of people who become infected with WNV will develop West Nile fever. Symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash (on the trunk of the body) and swollen lymph glands. While the illness can be as short as a few days, even healthy people have reported being sick for several weeks.

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