West Nile Virus
- West Nile Virus Threat For Summer In Texas Unknown
- 2 More West Nile Deaths Confirmed In Travis County
- Texas State Fair Operators Hoping To Keep West Nile Away
- Central Texas Man Can't Walk After West Nile Infection
- Should You be Worried about West Nile?
- North Texan At Least 55th Texas West Nile Death
- El Paso Woman At Least 54th Texas West Nile Death
- Health Officials Expect Fewer Cases Of West Nile After Rains
- Another West Nile Death Reported In North Texas
- CDC: Nation On Track For Deadliest West Nile Year
- 2 More West Nile Deaths Reported In North Texas
- Different Approaches to Handling West Nile Threat in Central Texas
- Special West Nile Broadcast
- Georgetown Spraying Pesticide To Keep Mosquitoes At Bay
- 3rd West Nile Death Confirmed In Travis County
- Questions Remain For Austin West Nile Spraying
- West Nile Found Across Austin
- Advice For Clearing Mosquitoes, Avoiding West Nile Virus
- Mosquito Relief For Central Texas Still Months Away
- Breaking Down West Nile Virus Risk
- El Paso Reports West Nile Death, TX Death Toll Climbs To 44
- West Nile Worriers Crowd ER's
- Worst Year Ever For West Nile In Texas
- Substantial Percentage Of West Nile Cases Being Confirmed by Blood Banks
- 2nd West Nile Death Confirmed In Travis County
- Officials Report 36th Texas West Nile death
- Texas West Nile Cases More Than Double In 2 Weeks
- 2 More Texas West Nile Fever Deaths Reported
- 2 More West Nile Fever Deaths Reported In Texas
- 4 More West Nile Deaths Reported In Texas
- Pesticide Alternatives To Ward Off Mosquitoes
- Researchers Make Progress on West Nile Vaccine
- Dallas Area West Nile Virus Spraying Interrupted
- Williamson County, Like Texas, Having Unusually Bad Year For West Nile
- West Nile Death Confirmed In Williamson County
- Dallas-Area Aerial Spraying For Mosquitoes Starts Thursday Night
- Dallas Signs Up For Aerial Spraying Over West Nile Virus
- West Nile Virus Changing Behaviors
- 17 Cases Of West Nile Virus Reported In Travis County
- How Many West Nile Cases Warrant Mosquito Spraying in Austin?
- 2 Diagnosed With West Nile Virus In Williamson County, 2 in Hays County
- Texas Seeing Bulk Of West Nile Cases
2 Diagnosed With West Nile Virus In Williamson County, 2 in Hays County
Updated: Friday, September 7 2012, 12:39 PM CDT
Health experts in Williamson and Hays Counties are investigating four cases of West Nile Virus.
According to the Williamson County and Cities Health District, the two cases they’re investigating are from July. In the last decade, only five cases have been reported in Williamson County.
Hays County health officials say two patients over 50-years-old have also been diagnosed since July. Both received hospital care, and both are recovering.
One person in Travis County died from the virus this year.
West Nile is a potential deadly virus. About one out of 150 people bitten by a mosquito infected with the virus will develop a central nervous system disease such as encephalitis or meningitis. About 10 percent of those people will die from their illness and many survivors suffer from long-term nervous system problems.
Fortunately most people bitten by infected mosquitoes develop West Nile Fever, the less severe form of the disease.
Public health experts say the best protection is to avoid getting bitten in the first place.
Do that by limiting outdoor activities at dusk and dawn, wear long-sleeve shirts, and long pants and use insect repellent with DEET. Also make sure there is no standing water in your yard because mosquitoes can breed there.
West Nile Virus Information Resources:
Texas Department of State Health Services West Nile Information:
Annual summaries of West Nile Statistics in Texas: