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Orange County confirms first local case of human West Nile Virus of 2012

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The Orange County Mosquito Control District was notified by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) that the first human case of West Nile Fever in Orange County for 2012 has been confirmed.

The case was discovered on August 1 according to a DSHS report.

The general area in which the individual resides is east of Highway 105 and south of Interstate 10 in the Vidor area.

Earlier this month, a mosquito collected tested positive just north of this area.  The report indicated that the individual did not use repellents.

This is the states 586th confirmed human case of West Nile Virus.

West Nile virus infections usually are mild with flu-like symptoms including fever, headache, sore throat, body aches and fatigue.  Symptoms of more severe infections are headache, high fever, stiff neck disorientation, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, coma and paralysis. A statement from the Orange County Mosquito Control office says if you have these symptoms, you should contact your health care provider.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF WEST NILE VIRUS

  • Drain standing water from around your home.  Empty cans, buckets, tires, rain gutters, tree holes and saucers placed under potted plants regularly.
  • Dress in pants and long sleeves when outside in mosquito-infested areas.
  • Limit the amount of time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes likely to carry infections are most active
  • keep mosquitoes out of your house by making sure that window and door screens are in good condition.