10th case of West Nile in Houston area

The city of Houston is tracking the number of West Nile Virus cases this year

August 13, 2012 9:01:26 PM PDT
The Houston Health Department has confirmed the city's 10th case of the West Nile virus.

The latest case is a man between 75-84 years of age on the northwest side.

He is the fifth case for the city of Houston has been able to confirm over the past week.

So far, one victim -- a man between the ages of 75 and 84 died in southwest Houston -- has died from the virus.

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

Elsewhere in the state, more than 200 cases have been reported in Dallas County and at least 10 people have died. In fact, officials declared the West Nile virus an epidemic in the city and approved aerial mosquito spraying.

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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