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First West Nile Virus report confirmed

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It may feel like summer is over, but the bugs don't know that yet.

The Lubbock Health Department reported the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Lubbock County.

A woman in west Lubbock has been infected with the virus by a mosquito bite. Lucky for her, she is recovering. In some people, the virus can be very dangerous, even deadly - although most who are infected don't even know it and don't show any symptoms.

West Nile symptoms, much like the flu, may not even show up until two weeks after the bite.

The Health Department says West Nile Virus is a gamble you don't want to take.

"I think now we have to really be aware because the weather is getting a little bit cooler, and when it starts getting cooler we forget about mosquitoes. But, you know, they can be around until the first freeze," says Becki Brawley with the Lubbock Health Department.  

Since we know infected mosquitoes are out there and still biting, Brawley says if you are spending time outside, wear a bug repellant that contains DEET.

Mosquitos are the most active during dawn and dusk, but it is important to be protected at all times.

If you show symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue or muscle aches, and you were bitten by a mosquito, be sure to contact your doctor.

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