Probable human West Nile case under investigation in Williamson County

GEORGETOWN, TEXAS - Officials with the Williamson County and Cities Health District are investigating a probable case of West Nile Virus in a person.

The case is in a man over 55 years of age, and WCCHD said they were notified of the case Oct. 27. In response, there will be extra trapping and testing of mosquitoes in the area of the man's home. Spraying is planned in the Oak Crest area in the City of Georgetown and unincorporated Williamson County on Oct. 29, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1. (A map is included at the bottom of this story.

WCCHD added most people who become infected with West Nile do not develop any symptoms. Around 1 in 5 will develop a fever with symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea and rash. Most people with this type of West Nile Virus completely recover, with fatigue and weakness possibly lasting for weeks or months. Less than one percent of those infected will develop a neurological illness.

The health district said it has seen nine samples of mosquitoes carrying West Nile throughout the county, including three positive samples this week.

Go here for WCCHD list of ways to protect yourself from mosquitoes.

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