County health officials in Montgomery County confirm two new cases of West Nile Virus with one fatality. Authorities are saying a man in his eighties died within the last week and that the virus was a contributing factor. The second case is with a woman in her forties and officials say she is in stable condition.
So far in 2014 there have been sixteen reported cases of people infected with the West Nile Virus in Texas. Out of those, eight have now been reported in Montgomery County.
Health experts say that those who are young, or over fifty, and those with weakened immune systems are at the highest risk for the virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Symptoms can last for as short as a few days, though even healthy people have become sick for several weeks.
Montgomery County leaders will be meeting today to discuss new steps they may take in fighting the infected mosquito problems. They have also said they will be increasing the number of times and areas workers will be spraying for mosquitoes.
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