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New Case of Neuroinvasive West Nile Virus in Lubbock

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There is another confirmed case of neuroinvasive West Nile virus in the city of Lubbock.

The case is a male who is over 50 years of age and he did not travel outside of Lubbock County in the 2 weeks prior to the onset of illness.

Since Monday of this week, four new cases have been confirmed in the city of Lubbock with all cases occurring in persons over the age of 50 years.

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”

  1. Apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  2. Dress in long sleeves and long pants when outside.
  3. Stay indoors at dawn and at dusk. Those times of the day are when mosquitoes are most active.
  4. Drain standing water around your home and neighborhood from old tires, flower pots and clogged rain gutters.

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