1st human Texas case of West Nile virus reported this year

Posted at 10:18 AM, May 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-22 11:22:36-04

DALLAS (AP) - A Harris County resident has contracted the first human case of the West Nile virus in Texas this year.

Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services confirmed the case Thursday. Doctors for the unidentified man, who is hospitalized, expect him to recover.

In Dallas County, health officials have confirmed Texas' first mosquito trap testing positive for the West Nile virus this year. Dallas-area media outlets report the trap was collected from the city of Mesquite.

A health advisory was sent to medical providers and hospitals Thursday evening to be alert for signs of the virus, which is spread by mosquitoes that have been infected after feeding on blood from infected birds.

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