First human case of West Nile virus reported in Houston area

Health officials said Montgomery Co. man being treated

MONTGOMERY COUNTY - A human case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Montgomery County. This is one of ten human cases in Texas so far this year, and the first in the Houston area.

In 2012, nearly 2,000 Texans contracted the potentially deadly virus from mosquitoes.

The health department said a 48-year-old man is being treated for the mosquito-borne illness.

Experts say mosquitoes will be around at least until the end of October, so it's important to know how to protect yourself against the insects.

They suggest fighting mosquito bites with the four D's:

  1. Stay inside at dusk and dawn
  2. Drain standing water in your yard
  3. Defend yourself against repellent
  4. Dress in long sleeves, loose and light-colored clothing

Click here for more information on protecting yourself against the West Nile virus.

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