Now 8 cases of West Nile in Lubbock County - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Now 8 cases of West Nile in Lubbock County

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock County now has eight confirmed cases of West Nile. Five are the neuroinvasive category and three are referred to as "West Nile Fever" for a total of eight cases in the county, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

State officials have declined to identify specific communities, instead breaking down the information county-by-county. A spokesman for the City of Lubbock says there are three confirmed cases attributed to the city. The others come from the rest of Lubbock County.

A DSHS zoonotic researcher independently confirmed for KCBD NewsChannel 11 that the information provided from the state DSHS is accurate. DSHS does not take the report of a confirmed case for granted. State officials conduct their own independent investigation after every report of West Nile.

As of Friday, there have been 43 deaths in Texas. According to DSHS there are 523 neuroinvasive cases and 543 West Nile Fever cases, for a total of 1,066 documented cases in Texas.

Neuroinvasive is the more serious of the two categories according to the Centers For Disease Control.

To learn more about the symptoms of West Nile and how to prevent it, click here.

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