The City-County Health Department has confirmed a fifth human case of West Nile virus in Nueces County.
Officials said the patient is a male between the ages of 20-30, and is currently hospitalized under medical care.
Dr. William Burgin, the local Health Authority, continues to alert all residents to take necessary preventative measures to lower their risk. He said to stay indoors at dusk and dawn. If you must be outdoors during these times, dress in pants and long-sleeves, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET.
West Nile virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, rather than by person-to-person contact. In Texas, there have been 1,092 reported human cases of West Nile virus, and a total of 47 deaths from it this year.
Nueces County has now had five human cases and one death in this year.