Those Bites That Itch Could Protect You From West Nile - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/16/04

Those Bites That Itch Could Protect You From West Nile

A drop in West Nile cases could mean the worst is over. That's according to Texas Health officials who reported on Thursday that statewide human cases peaked last year with 439 people infected and 38 deaths, but the numbers so far this year are dramatically reduced. Texas has reported only 33 infections and just five deaths.

Experts say most people infected with West Nile don't show symptoms. Once people are infected they develop immunities that are believed to last for a lifetime. So, who knows?

Learn More About the West Nile Virus
Get the answers to your questions about the West Nile virus, and find out what you can do to prevent this deadly disease from spreading.

If you've been a meal for a mosquito in the last couple of years, that sting might have been your shot of protection against ever coming down with West Nile.

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