First West Nile case confirmed in Texas - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

TEXAS

First West Nile case confirmed in Texas

Posted:
TEXAS - The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed the state’s first human case of West Nile illness of the 2014 season. The mosquito-borne illness was confirmed in a patient from Travis County. 

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the West Nile season runs from June through October. Last year, there were 183 human cases of West Nile in Texas, with 14 deaths. In 2012, there was a record number of cases and deaths from West Nile in Texas.

DHSH says it is hard to predict how bad the West Nile season will be from year to year, so they are urging people to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile virus.

“The best way to protect yourself is by using insect repellent every time you go outside,” said Tom Sidwa, State Public Health Veterinarian and manager of the Zoonosis Control Branch. “West Nile virus can make people very sick, with symptoms that can last for weeks or months.”

In order to reduce exposure to the West Nile virus, DHSH suggests everyone use an approved insect repellent, drain standing water, wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk, because that is when mosquitoes are most active, and use air conditioning or put screens on your doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

Symptoms for West Nile fever include, headache, fever, muscle and joint aches, nausea, and fatigue. Symptoms usually last several weeks, and people usually recover on their own from West Nile fever. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent the West Nile virus. If you have symptoms or think you have West Nile, you should contact your doctor.

Visit www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/updates.shtm for current case counts, or www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/westNile/ for disease background and more information.
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Rescuers pull teen from Lake Waco

    Rescuers pull teen from Lake Waco

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:21 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:21:46 GMT
    A 14 year old boy was pulled fromLakeWacoand rushed to the hospital after disappearing underwater.Wacopolice received several calls around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday from people atSpeeglevilleParksaying a boy was underwater.Police arrived on scene less than ten minutes later and quickly formed a line search with volunteers. Seven officers and two volunteers were in the water for 15-20 minutes before they pulled the boy for the water.Police say the boy was found in 51/2 to 6 feet of water and that he w...More >>
    A 14 year old boy was pulled fromLakeWacoand rushed to the hospital after disappearing underwater.Wacopolice received several calls around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday from people atSpeeglevilleParksaying a boy was underwater.Police arrived on scene less than ten minutes later and quickly formed a line search with volunteers. Seven officers and two volunteers were in the water for 15-20 minutes before they pulled the boy for the water.Police say the boy was found in 51/2 to 6 feet of water and that he w...More >>
  • HARKER HEIGHTS

    Harker Heights Officials Encourage Residents to Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

    Harker Heights Officials Encourage Residents to Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:33 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:33:05 GMT
    Harker Heights officials are encouraging residents to sign up for an emergency alert system. More >>
    Harker Heights officials are encouraging residents to sign up for an emergency alert system. More >>
  • General: Guard to take observation role at border

    General: Guard to take observation role at border

    A top National Guard general says most of the 1,000 troops heading to South Texas will take up observation positions along the border and detain people only if they interfere with their mission.More >>
    A top National Guard general says most of the 1,000 troops heading to South Texas will take up observation positions along the border and detain people only if they interfere with their mission.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

News Channel 25 KXXV-TV
P.O. Box 2522
Waco, TX 76702

Phone Numbers:
Main: 254-754-2525
Tip Line: 254-757-2525

Links
Contact Us
KXXV Employment Opportunites
FCC Filings
Advertise on KXXV

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KXXV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.