Texas West Nile Death - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/24/02

Texas West Nile Death

The State Health Department has confirmed the first Texas death attributed to the West Nile Virus, which is spread by mosquitoes. A Houston woman was hospitalized 16 days ago and died a week ago yesterday. Officials at the time they thought she died of the West Nile Virus, but it was just recently confirmed.

Health department officials say 28 cases of the West Nile Virus have been reported among humans in Texas. There have been no human cases reported in this region of Texas, however two west Texans have been tested for the West Nile. A teenager from Plainview and an Amarillo man, both have West Nile like symptoms.

The number of horses infected with the virus locally has increased. Twenty-two horses have been infected. The cases are scattered across 12 counties. Of the two horses in Lubbock County one was put to sleep. However, the State Health Department says most of the horses are recovering.

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