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Fourth Case of Neuroinvasive West Nile Virus Confirmed in City of Lubbock

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The City of Lubbock has announced that another new case of West Nile Virus has been identified.

The person that contracted the case of neuroinvasive West Nile Virus is described as a female over the age of 50, who did travel outside of Lubbock County in the two weeks prior to the onset of illness, according to the City.

Neuroinvasive West Nile Virus is the most serious type of the disease, and the lesser form is West Nile Fever. The virus poses a threat to humans, birds, horses, mosquitoes, and some other animals as well, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Symptoms of the neuroinvasive form of West Nile Virus include headache, neck stiffness, high fever, disorientation, muscle weakness, and convulsions.

A total of four cases of neuroinvasive West Nile Virus have been confirmed in the City of Lubbock this year. There is now a total of 8 reported cases in Lubbock County, an increase of five over the past week.

The CDC has more information on the virus here.

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