First Human Case of West NIle Reported In Texas

BRYAN - Summertime means extra time outside, which means more time for mosquitoes to bite.

The State Health Department has reported its first human case of West Nile in the Austin area.

They also say that recent rainfall has helped flush out the standing water from previous rain events.

But with it drying up a bit, standing water is prime for mosquito breeding.

So Brazos County health officials urge everyone to take precautions.

"It definitely is a thing that we need to be concerned with on a yearly basis. Every summer. It's not one of those things that it takes a year off," said Dr. Mark Johnsen with the Brazos County Health Department.

The health department reminds us to drain standing water, wear insect repellent, try to avoid being outside at dawn and dusk, and to dress in long sleeves and pants if you can to avoid bites.


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