Two confirmed cases of West Nile in Galveston County

West Nile has moved into Galveston County.

The Galveston County Health Department confirmed the county’s first two cases of the year: a male and female ranging in age from 10-19, health officials said.

“Protection from mosquito-borne illnesses, whether it’s West Nile, Zika, chikungunya or other diseases, centers around protecting yourself from mosquito bites,” said Kathy Barroso, CEO of the Health District.

Health officials said both patients live on the eastern end of Galveston County.

West Nile symptoms include, among others:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Joint pain

Health officials said the majority of people who contract West Nile don’t show any symptoms, while less than 1 percent of those infected suffer serious neurological problems.

Montgomery County officials said Friday they’ve confirmed their third case of West Nile.

That person is a woman in her 60s.

“We are taking the necessary steps to try and prevent additional Montgomery County residents from being exposed to this disease,” said Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack.

Health officials advise to use insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 to help keep mosquitoes away, and that if you’re going to be outside, wear long sleeves, pants and socks.


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