CONROE, Texas County health officials have confirmed that a 48-year-old north Montgomery County resident has been confirmed to have the West Nile virus.

This is the first case reported in the county this year, according to Montgomery County Hospital District Public Health Department.

Ten West Nile cases have been reported in Texas this year. The infected Montgomery County resident is doing well.

Using mosquito repellant isn t the only thing you can do 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.

The West Nile virus is spread through mosquito bites; mosquitoes acquire the virus from birds and pass it on to other birds, animals and people.

Symptoms of West Nile in infected people include: flu-like symptoms with moderate to high fever, headache, muscle weakness or joint pain, fatigue and nausea.

More severe signs and symptoms can include: possible seizures, paralysis and respiratory symptoms.

When symptoms of infection do occur, they usually appear five to 15 days from the time an individual is bitten. Residents should contact their family physician if they think they have been infected.

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