2 new confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in ETX - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

BREAKING NEWS

2 new confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in ETX

GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

The Texas Department of State Health Services regional officials confirm two new cases of West Nile Virus in East Texas.

Both of those cases are in Gregg County and bring the total East Texas count to 10 confirmed cases of either the West Nile Virus or West Nile Fever.

There is a very specific difference between the two versions of the disease. West Nile Virus is the neuroinvasive and more deadly form of the disease. People with West Nile Fever have more flu-like symptoms and sometimes don't even realize they have been infected until their blood is tested.

Local health officials say now that West Nile is present in East Texas, the only way to protect yourself is to take preventative measures.

"We have many other reports that are pending to be investigated by our office so we know West Nile is in East Texas at this time," says Texas Department of State Health Services Regional Director Paul McGaha, D.O., M.P.H.

State health officials say you can "Fight the Bite" with their four D's:

  • Stay indoors at dusk and dawn. These are the times when mosquitos are most active.
  • Dress in long sleeves, pants and loose, light colored clothing when outdoors.
  • Defend yourself by wearing insect repellant containing DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • Drain standing water in your yard or neighborhood. Even water in birdbaths and flower pots can attract mosquitos.

Local doctors say the mosquitoes spreading the disease are known as common house mosquitoes and nearly impossible to avoid.

"It is not an exotic variety. It's a kind that hangs around the house and the yard, so it's pretty hard to stay away from," says Dr. Richard Wallace, an infectious disease expert at UT Health Science Center at Tyler.

Those people with highest risk of contracting the disease are the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions or weak immune systems.

"Only about four people in 1000 who actually get the virus are actually going to get the severe neurological symptoms with meningitis or encephalitis," says Dr. Mark Anderson at Mother Frances Hospital.

He says those infected with the fever have flu-like symptoms lasting about a week. Doctors say younger people with strong immune systems are the least susceptible.

"You wouldn't know they had West Nile unless you did a blood test and looked for it," says Dr. Wallace.

For now, experts say the only way to protect yourself is to try to prevent it.

"There are a lot of different antiviral drugs being trailed right now, but none of them have been really shown to be successful against West Nile Virus," says Dr. Anderson.

[West Nile Fact Sheet (PDF)]

[Protect yourself from West Nile with the 4 D's (PDF)]

Gregg County joins the following counties as of 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday with confirmed West Nile cases:

Angelina County - 3 Virus - 1 Fever

Gregg County - 2 Virus

Henderson County - 1 Fever

Lamar County - 2 Fever

Van Zandt County - 1 Fever

Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt says they've notified all the precincts in the county to be prepared to do extra spraying.

Judge Stoudt says one case is a 79-year-old man from Longview.

The virus is more dangerous and neuroinvasive; the fever is more flu-like.

These numbers are the total for the 35-county East Texas region.

Copyright 2012 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Drivers have been identified in two-car accident near Angelina- Polk county line

    Drivers have been identified in two-car accident near Angelina- Polk county line

    Sunday, November 19 2017 2:52 PM EST2017-11-19 19:52:26 GMT
    Source: KTRE StaffSource: KTRE Staff

    The drivers involved in two-car accident earlier this week on U.S. 59 near Clark’s Ferry road have been identified. 

    More >>

    The drivers involved in two-car accident earlier this week on U.S. 59 near Clark’s Ferry road have been identified. 

    More >>
  • Lufkin's Community Food Drive built on woman's legacy

    Lufkin's Community Food Drive built on woman's legacy

    Saturday, November 18 2017 9:28 PM EST2017-11-19 02:28:07 GMT
    Source: KTRE StaffSource: KTRE Staff
    The Community Food Drive in Lufkin is special to some because of the large amount of people it brings together from all walks of life.  "It's just like so many different people, very diverse," said volunteer, Priscilla Gonzalez. "It's just kind of cool to see all these people coming together to do one thing." For others, like Keith Kennedy, it's all about the service being provided to the greater community. "They're in miracle territory,...More >>
    The Community Food Drive in Lufkin is special to some because of the large amount of people it brings together from all walks of life.  "It's just like so many different people, very diverse," said volunteer, Priscilla Gonzalez. "It's just kind of cool to see all these people coming together to do one thing." For others, like Keith Kennedy, it's all about the service being provided to the greater community. "They're in miracle territory,...More >>
  • East Texas seasonal hires may have helped lower statewide unemployment rate

    East Texas seasonal hires may have helped lower statewide unemployment rate

    Friday, November 17 2017 7:26 PM EST2017-11-18 00:26:00 GMT

    According to the Texas Workforce Commission, unemployment rate has fallen to a 3.9 percent since  In East Texas some holiday job openings have helped that percentage grow.  During March Target finished a 3.5 million dollar remodel that brought in new product lines. “We've actually added new positions and we've been able to accommodate additional hires because our business has escalated since then,” said store team leader, Kris Hoephner. This addition to the Ta...

    More >>

    According to the Texas Workforce Commission, unemployment rate has fallen to a 3.9 percent since  In East Texas some holiday job openings have helped that percentage grow.  During March Target finished a 3.5 million dollar remodel that brought in new product lines. “We've actually added new positions and we've been able to accommodate additional hires because our business has escalated since then,” said store team leader, Kris Hoephner. This addition to the Ta...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly