More Human West Nile Cases

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One day after the first confirmed human case of West Nile in Brazos County, the health department says it is tracking three cases of West Nile in humans. Preliminary results are positive for each of the cases. But the health department says it is waiting for results from the State Health Department or the Centers for Disease Control before confirming the reports, and that could take weeks.

The College Station Medical Center is treating a woman older than 65 for West Nile, and Bryan High Student, Cody Gibson, has also tested positive for the disease.

When Cody Gibson got sick, he had no idea the West Nile virus was to blame.

"I finally talked to my mom about it and she just gave me medicine and told me to sleep it off and maybe it is just a common cold," Cody Gibson said. "But it didn't feel like a common cold throughout the week, so I knew something was wrong."

After suffering for a week from severe headaches and nausea, he was admitted to St. Joseph Regional Heath Center in Bryan for viral meningitis.
Cody was released from the hospital, and Thursday his lab results came back positive for West Nile.

"He had gone out and played basketball like 17-year-olds do, and I never thought that it would happen to him," Cody's mom Maria Gibson said. "Sure enough it was confirmed as being West Nile virus and he lost 23 pounds in the four day ordeal."

Cody isn't the only one who has battled the virus.

"We're currently tracking three cases within the county that have preliminary positive results," Dr. Charles Williams, the Brazos County Health Authority said. "We've had no confirmed positive results, but we believe there may be three cases, at least, that have been tested that we know of."

The health department says it must get confirmatory results from the State Health Department or the Centers for Disease Control before they officially say a case is positive.

Results show the entire county is positive for the virus, but the number of human cases has gone down from previous years.

"We've seen more cases in this community in the past years, so it's been a pretty forgiving year thus far," Williams said.

As for Cody, he now knows the importance of protection, and urges others to follow the rules of prevention.

Health officials say to always use insect repellent with DEET, dress in long sleeves and long pants, stay indoors during dawn and dusk, and drain standing water.