The Texas Department of State Health Services updated its information on West Nile cases statewide on Thursday, revealing that Lubbock County now has a total of six cases. Three are West Nile Fever, and three are West Nile Neuroinvasive, according to DSHS. Only half the cases are attributed to inside the City of Lubbock, according to an email from a City spokesperson.
Neuroinvasive is the more serious version of the disease according to the Centers for Disease Control.
So far, DSHS has not told us the names of the smaller Lubbock County communities in which the West Nile cases were found. DSHS has only broken down the information by county, not by city.
Crosby County still has only one case, as does Dickens County. Hale County has two.
Statewide 40 people have died this year from West Nile. A total of 1,013 people have been confirmed as infected but that number is misleading because not every suspected case is confirmed by a blood test. Many people who are exposed to the virus never show any symptoms.
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