The Texas Department of State Health Services says that Lubbock County has four cases of West Nile. Two of them, according to DSHS, are West Nile Neuroinvasive and two of them West Nile Fever. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Neuroinvasive is the more serious version.
The City of Lubbock said Tuesday morning that it only has three confirmed cases. A spokesperson for DSHS Tuesday would only say the fourth case comes from somewhere in Lubbock County. She would not specify any of the other smaller cities of Lubbock County.
Crosby and Dickens Counties have one case each. Hale County has two. None of the local cases have been fatal to this point, according to DSHS.
A Texas Tech written statement says, "As of Friday, Lubbock has four confirmed cases of West Nile Virus, he said." 'He' is a reference to Steve Presley, a zoonotic disease researcher and the chairman of the City of Lubbock Board of Health.
"However, because of recent rains, mosquito populations will probably increase as will the likelihood of more infected people," says the TTU statement.
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