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2 West Nile Virus Cases Confirmed in Fort Bend Co.

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(FORT BEND COUNTY, TX) — Two more people have contracted West Nile Virus, one requiring hospitalization, Fort Bend County Health and Human Services confirms.

The county confirms both people are recovering, but are not releasing their identities.

To date, there have been no deaths from West Nile Virus in Fort Bend County.

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus with symptoms including headache, fever, muscle and joint aches, nausea and fatigue.

People with symptoms typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks.

A severe form of the virus carries symptoms including a stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and even paralysis.

There is no medication to treat or prevent West Nile Virus infection, Texas Department of State Health Services said.

Residents can protect themselves by observing the following tips:

  • Stay indoors during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants outdoors, and spray repellant on thin clothing to help protect yourself from mosquito exposure.
  • Purchase products containing Deet, and follow labels for application of repellants before you head outdoors.
  • Drain standing water around your home, which could become a breeding site for mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus.

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