City of Lubbock Confirms 8th Case of West Nile Virus
There is another confirmed case of neuroinvasive West Nile Virus in the city of Lubbock.
The City of Lubbock Health Department confirmed the case this afternoon as a female over the age of 50. She did not travel outside Lubbock County in the two weeks prior to the onset of the illness.
This is the eighth case in the city of Lubbock. In Texas, Collin County officials recorded their fourth death related to the virus while a resident of Plano was the second death the Dallas suburb from West Nile.
There have been 55 deaths from the West Nile Virus in Texas.
Prevention of mosquito bites is the best way to avoid becoming infected with West Nile Virus. The Health Department urges citizens to use the “Four D’s”
- Apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- Dress in long sleeves and long pants when outside.
- Stay indoors at dawn and at dusk. Those times of the day are when mosquitoes are most active.
- Drain standing water around your home and neighborhood from old tires, flower pots and clogged rain gutters.