Health Officials Believe First Human West Nile Case Contracted Out of State
CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -
Despite the first confirmed human case of West Nile in Nueces County, officials plan no change in mosquito spraying.
It was late Tuesday when the Nueces County Public Health District revealed that state lab testing had confirmed the first human case of the virus in the county, but health officials said the unidentified woman may very well have been bitten by an infected mosquito while traveling out of state.
"To date, there have been no positive mosquitoes, which is great for us," Public Health Director Annette Rodriguez said. "But you're right. We've had recent rains and so, again, I wouldn't just bank on waiting for positive mosquito pulls because a lot of our population travels; and when you travel, mosquitoes can travel with you as well."
Rodriguez said the County has no plans to change mosquito spraying until and if state labs confirm a bug carrying the virus.