West Nile virus continues to spread across Lubbock County. Friday, the Lubbock Health Department says there are now five confirmed human cases of West Nile virus.
The victims range in age, from under 16 to over 60. Vector control has increased spraying in areas West Nile has been detected.
|Learn More About the West Nile Virus|
Once again, West Nile is a mosquito borne illness. You can only get the virus if you are bitten by an infected mosquito.symptoms of the virus can develop within three to fourteen days. Those include: weakness, a loss of appetite, nausea, headache, muscle aches, and a rash.
Health officials say prevention is the key to eliminate the risk of exposure you can do that by avoiding going outdoors when mosquitoes feed, that's usually at dawn and dusk. Wear mosquito repellant with DEET. Drain standing water around your home and wear protective clothing like long sleeves and pants when you're outdoors.