10th Houstonian tests positive for West Nile virus

Published On: Aug 30 2012 03:15:01 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 13 2012 11:25:09 AM CDT

HOUSTON -

A tenth Houstonian has been diagnosed with West Nile virus.

The most recent case is that of a northwest Houston man between the ages of 75 and 84.

One case has been fatal. A southwest Houston man between the ages of 75 and 84 died on Aug. 1.

Last year, the number of West Nile deaths in the city of Houston was zero.

The other people diagnosed with West Nile virus are:

  • a northeast Houston woman between the ages of 35 and 44
  • a northwest Houston woman between the ages of 45 and 54
  • a northwest Houston woman between the ages of 55 and 74
  • a northwest Houston man between the ages of 55 and 74
  • a northeast Houston woman between the ages of 55 and 74
  • a southeast Houston woman between the ages of 55 and 74
  • a southeast Houston woman between the ages of 45 and 54
  • a southwest Houston man between the ages of 45 and 54

There have been 17 fatal cases in the state of Texas, including the one in Houston. There have been 10 deaths in Dallas County. Bell, Denton, Ellis, McLennan, Tarrant and Travis counties have each reported one death related to West Nile virus.

Most people become infected within three to 10 days of a bite from an infected mosquito.

Symptoms include fever, headache, body tremors and visual problems.

Doctors said if you start to feel any of these things you should seek medical help right away.

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