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HOUSTON – A man in his 80s has died from the West Nile Virus in Montgomery County, health officials said.

The illness is spread by mosquitoes. 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. West Nile symptoms include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, tremors, muscle weakness and paralysis.

Here are the most recent compilation numbers from the state and county health departments:

West Nile Virus

9 cases in Harris County (None fatal)

8 cases in Montgomery County (1 death)

27 cases across Texas

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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