Mosquito-borne disease cases confirmed in Texas

Mexia News Staff Report

It's time to get serious about bug spray. The Texas Department of State Health Services on July 3 confirmed the state’s first case of West Nile illness of the season, and four days later, confirmed the state’s first human case of chikungunya, a viral disease that can cause fever and severe joint pain.
Both diseases are spread to people by mosquitoes.
West Nile fever was confirmed in a patient from Travis County. Additional details about the patient are not being released to protect the patient’s identity. The Texas case of chikungunya is a Williamson County resident.
DSHS is urging people to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting mosquito-borne illnesses.
“The best way to protect yourself is by using insect repellent every time you go outside,” said Tom Sidwa, State Public Health Veterinarian and manager of the Zoonosis Control Branch.

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