Houston reports fourth case of West Nile this year

August 7, 2012 5:52:40 AM PDT
The Houston Health Department has confirmed the city's fourth case of the West Nile Virus.

The city says the latest case affects a woman between 45 to 54 years old in southeast Houston. The news comes after the city confirmed the first death from the disease last week.

The woman's identity has not been released.

Elsewhere in the state, 130 cases have been reported in Dallas County. Seven people there have died from the virus.

Ways to keep mosquitos at bay:

  • Make sure storms drains near your home are clear of debris and any extra water.
  • And at dusk and dawn-- wear long sleeves and pants if possible.
  • Also, use a bug spray that contains DEET.

The city of Houston suggests making sure you're keeping mosquitos out of your home. They said in many reported cases in the past, they have found that the victims where actually bit inside their homes, rather than from being outside.

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