July 27 , 2005
HDHHS confirms first West Nile Virus case of 2005
The Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus in Houston this year. The infected 60-year-old woman developed meningitis, but recuperated and was released from the hospital a week ago.
HDHHS urges residents to take precautions against West Nile Virus.
West Nile virus infection in severe cases can develop into encephalitis, inflammation of the brain, or meningitis, inflammation of the membrane surrounding the brain. However, most people infected with the virus experience mild illness characterized by flu-like symptoms including fever, headache, body aches and occasionally skin rash and swollen lymph glands.
Severe infections can cause high fever, headache, stiff neck disorientation coma, tremors muscle weakness and paralysis. Symptoms usually develop three to 15 days after infection with the virus.
Although the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are at highest risk of severe illness, the virus poses a risk to all residents.
Residents are strongly recommended to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites:
Keep the storm sewers clean to reduce mosquito breeding:
Keep the mosquitoes out of your house:
Other actions to prevent mosquito breeding:
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