Houston West Nile cases up to 7 this year

August 8, 2012 1:29:58 PM PDT
The Houston Health Department has confirmed the city's seventh case of the West Nile virus, with most of those reported within the last week.

Two cases were reported on Tuesday in northwest Houston -- a man and a woman, both between the ages of 55 and 74.

Two cases were reported last Friday, August 3 -- one in northeast Houston and one in southeast Houston.

The news comes after the city confirmed the first death from the disease last week. A man between the ages of 75 and 84 died in southwest Houston.

Prior cases were reported on July 23 in southeast Houston and on June 27 in northeast Houston.

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.

Load Comments