West Nile virus hits Sugar Land

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SUGAR LAND, TX -  The skeeters are tearing it up in Sugar Land. No, not those Skeeters, real skeeters.

Two mosquitoes trapped by the city tested positive for West Nile Virus, an infection that can cause serious illness and even death if not taken seriously.

"Generally speaking, about 80% of people will not even have symptoms, or very mild symptoms, they may not even come see a doctor," says Sugar Land Health Authority Dr. Joe Anzaldua, "but there's that last 20% that may develop an illness and about 1% of those will develop a very severe illness."

Three people in Fort Bend County have been infected with the virus so far this year and those most susceptible are children and anyone over 50. The city of Sugar Land has increased spraying and since there are no medicines or vaccines to treat the West Nile Virus, the best thing you can do is wear long sleeves and pants and use insect repellent anytime you're outside.

"If you don't have to be outside for a long period of time, don't do it, stay indoors," Anzaldua says.

And you thought it was a joke that Sugar Land named their baseball team the Skeeters didn't you? Not so funny now, is it?