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Texas confirms first West Nile case of the season

by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: July 3, 2014 at 2:50 pm •  Published: July 3, 2014
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Texas has seen its first confirmed case of West Nile virus, while Oklahoma has yet to see any confirmed illness in its residents.

The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed Thursday the state’s first case of West Nile illness of the season.

The agency is urging people to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne illness.

West Nile fever was confirmed in a patient from Travis County, which is where Austin is located. Additional details about the patient were not released.

The West Nile season typically runs from June through October.

Last year, the first case of West Nile in Oklahoma was confirmed in mid-August. In 2013, Oklahoma saw 84 people confirmed sickened by West Nile, and seven Oklahomans died.

Meanwhile, the state saw a record-breaking number of cases in 2012. A total of 176 people were sickened and 15 died after contracting West Nile.

So far this yearArizona, California, Mississippi, Missouri, South Dakota and Tennessee have also seen West Nile in humans. 

Additionally, West Nile virus infections in mosquitoes, birds, sentinel animals or veterinary animals have been reported to the CDC in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. 

To learn more about protecting yourself against West Nile, check out this link.

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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