West Nile Concerns Grow - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/25/06

West Nile Concerns Grow

West Nile virus, a mosquito borne illnes, may be more serious than experts thought. A new study finds the effects of the illness can last over a year.

The report in the Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseseases says that 50% of the West Nile patients under study were still suffering from poor health and fatigue more than a year after the patinet was infected.

Meanwhile, the CDC has released this map to explain where West Nile has been identified this year in Texas. Out of the 68 cases in all, 20 are in Dallas county. Twelve are in Harris county, which is the Houston area. 

In all of the South Plains and the panhandle region, there has been just one case in Lubbock county.

(Click here) for tips to prevent West Nile infection.

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