West Nile Virus Confirmed in Lubbock County by State Officials

Published 08/28 2014 03:00PM

Updated 08/28 2014 03:56PM

LUBBOCK, TX -- According to the Texas Department of State Health Services Lubbock County is among 20 counties in 2014 with confirmed cases of West Nile Virus. Lubbock County has one case of West Nile Fever which is not as severe as West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease.

However, City of Lubbock Health Director Becky Brawley said there is a second case which is the West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease inside the city limits. Brawley said the more serious case has not yet been reported by state officials.

Brawley said the more serious case was a man under the age of 40 who lives in Central Lubbock and had not travelled recently. Brawley said he had been hospitalized but has since been released and is “recovering well.”

“These are the first two we have had this year,” Brawley said. “People still need to be careful. We’ve had recent rains.”

Rains lead to mosquitoes which carry the virus.

“We start seeing them [mosquitoes] in the end of August on into September,” Brawley said. “At our last Board of Health meeting, [August 15] they did not have any positive mosquito tests for the county.”

The state revealed its information Tuesday in a weekly report. That same report indicated one person in Crosby County tested positive for West Nile in a blood test but did not show symptoms. The Crosby County case will not be added to the state’s official totals.

In the most recent statewide report, the DSHS reported 16 cases of West Nile Fever and 25 cases of West Nile Neuroinvasive for a total of 41. Another 25 people statewide tested positive for the virus when donating blood.

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