Lubbock Confirms 9 Human Cases of West Nile - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/8/03

Lubbock Confirms 9 Human Cases of West Nile

There are now nine confirmed human cases in Lubbock County, seven of those within the city limits. The victim's range in age from less than 16-years-old to 77-years-old. The median age of all nine victim's is 47-years-old. It's been confirmed in all four quadrants of the city. "89% of the victim's have been hospitalized. A temperature of 101.5 degrees or higher seems to be the presiding symptom," says Ken Condon with the Lubbock Health Department.

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Lubbock leads the state in confirmed human cases of West Nile this summer. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there have been a total of 35 cases and two deaths in Texas.

In the meantime, Vector Control continues to spray. The city also wants you to know they are no longer testing dead birds because the virus is now well established in the city.

Also, remember the four D's this weekend:

  • Dress in long sleeves.
  • Wear repellent with DEET.
  • Drain standing water around your house.
  • Stay indoors at Dusk and Dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
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