First local case of West Nile virus in mosquito in Montgomery County

By Mary Cuervo, News Associate Producer
Matt Aufdenspring, Web Managing Editor, Click2Houston.com
Published On: Jun 10 2014 06:24:53 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 10 2014 04:29:46 PM CDT
West Nile Virus Alert
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas -

The first local case of West Nile Virus was reported in a mosquito in Montgomery County, according to officials.

The Precinct 3 Commissioner's Office says Monday it received the first positive result of a mosquito from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the West Nile virus.

The county says it will spray storm drains, catch basins and driveway culverts during the day, and road and county right-of-ways at night.

Officials are warning the public that there are actions you can take to fend off the virus.

Dr. Syed Ibrahim, chief epidemiologist at the department, said, "Residents also need to wear protective clothing when outdoors, and make their home unattractive to mosquitoes by emptying containers that may collect rainwater and sprinkler water."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the West Nile virus is spread through mosquito bites.  Mosquitoes get the virus from birds and then pass it on to other birds, animals and people.

The CDC said symptoms include flu-like symptoms with a moderate to high fever, headaches, muscle weakness or joint pain, fatigue and nausea. 

More severe signs and symptoms include: possible seizures, paralysis, and respiratory symptoms, according to the CDC.  Those symptoms usually present themselves 5 to 15 days from the time of exposure. 

The MCHD said anyone who shows similar symptoms should see a doctor right away to get tested.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that a human case of West Nile virus had been reported in Montgomery County, but the confirmed case was only in a mosquito.

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