First confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Harris County

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HARRIS COUNTY, TX - We knew it'd be just a matter of time before we'd be talking about West Nile again, and it's serious business folks.

Harris County Public Health officials have confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Texas this year. Health officials say the elderly patient, whose name was not released, lives in northwest Harris County and is expected to recover.

A West Nile mosquito bite comes with the risk of an infection that can lead to serious illness and even death if not taken seriously. Last year, Harris County confirmed 61 human cases, with one death, and statewide, 371 people had confirmed infections.

Since there are no medicines or vaccines to treat West Nile, the best thing anyone can do is avoid being outdoors for any length of time. If you have to be outside, it's best to wear long sleeves and pants. We know how hot it is in Texas, so your second best bet is to use that insect repellent with a high amout of deet.

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