3 confirmed cases of West Nile in Montgomery County

THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Health officials say there are now three confirmed human cases of West Nile in southern Montgomery County, in and around The Woodlands.

The confirmed cases are a man in his 70s, a man in his 60s and a man in his 30s.

According to health officials, up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms. However, some cases result in serious illness or death.

Take it from 72-year-old Chuck Moore, West Nile is not something to be taken lightly.

"I thought I was gonna die. I sure did," explained Chuck Moore, the oldest of the three confirmed cases in Montgomery County.

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West Nile symptoms include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, tremors, muscle weakness and paralysis.

"You can die from it," said Patricia Paetow of The Woodlands. "We've had so much rain, we have ponding water and that's where mosquitoes breed."

Just last year, health officials reported 183 human cases of West Nile in Texas and 14 deaths.

Health officials say mosquito repellent with DEET is the best defense against the virus.


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