The Health District confirmed Wednesday that the local woman who died of West Nile virus on Tuesday was not infected while in Corpus Christi.
The woman, who was between the ages of 45-60, was the first West Nile fatality in Nueces County. The City-County Health Department said that she had some underlying medical problems, as well.
"The patient had been out of the city," said Dr. William Burgin, the City-County Health Director. "She had been visiting Austin, and based on the incubation period of West Nile, it could be, you know, that she became infected elsewhere other than here in Corpus."
Yet another confirmed case was identified in Nueces County on Wednesday, the second in the last three weeks. The latest patient is in the hospital and recovering. In the first confirmed case, the person was hospitalized and recovered as well.
Burgin said, while we should all take precautions against mosquitos, the chances of coming down with West Nile virus are slim.
"Eighty-percent of the people that get bitten don't get any sign of the disease at all," Burgin said. "Of the 20-percent that do show some signs, it's kind of a West Nile fever thing. It's like the flu. A little achy and so on, but you wouldn't suspect, 'Hey, I've got West Nile,' because it's just like another other flu."
It's a murky, smelly liquid that attracts female mosquitoes into the 27 traps set out each week by Vector Control all across the city. Tony Pantoja of Vector Control said those traps give them a snapshot of how widespread the mosquito problem is in Corpus Christi.
He said there are extra steps we can all take to make our homes a little safer.
"All I can suggest to people is to dump out, in the area, all the water out," Pantoja said. "And plus, they can use some Raid Yard Guard to help them, also. Use that in the brush area and it will get rid of all the mosquitos."
Around the country, 66 people have died from West Nile virus infections this year, and the number of human cases has grown to almost 1,600 people.
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