First West Nile virus case reported in Chambers County, …


TEXAS – The Chambers County Health Department has confirmed a patient contracted the West Nile virus, making it the first case in the county in 2018.

Health officials said the patient, who lives in western Chambers County, has been released from the hospital after treatment. The person's identity will remain confidential.

"We are actively monitoring the situation, and further case investigation through the Public Health Department will continue," said Dr. Clay Brown, a local health authority for Chambers County.

West Nile virus season runs from June through October, officials said.

READ: What you need to know about mosquito protection

Symptoms of the virus include:

  • Stiff neck
  • Vision problems
  • Body tremors
  • Mental confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Seizures

The Texas Department of State Health Services recommends practicing the "Four Ds":

  • DEET: Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • Dress in long sleeves and long pants when you are outside.
  • Dusk / Dawn: Stay indoors at these times, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Drain standing water where mosquitoes breed. Common breeding sites include old tires, flowerpots and clogged rain gutters.

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