Two New Human West Nile Cases Confirmed

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More human cases of West Nile have been confirmed in Brazos County.

The health department said Tuesday that two new cases were positively identified by state tests. That brings the total number of human cases in the county to 13, with two cases awaiting state tests.

Health officials continue to encourage residents to take appropriate precautions, including using insect repellent with DEET, wearing long sleeves and pants when possible, avoiding being outside at dusk and dawn, and clearing any standing water.

There were only three confirmed human cases of West Nile last year. Health officials have said the entire region is positive for the disease, and that it will take a hard freeze for the situation to improve.