The second local human case of West Nile Virus has been reported in Williamson County, the Williamson County and Cities Health District announced Sept. 3. The person is in their 70s and lives in central Williamson County, per the release.
The West Nile Virus is a neuroinvasive disease. Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, a skin rash and swollen lymph nodes, per the release.
Thirteen West Nile mosquito trap samples have been recorded in Williamson County this season, exceeding its previous highest record of 12 reported samples, per the release. A new positive trap was confirmed in Granger this week, per the release.
There are four areas within Williamson County with positive West Nile activity: Granger; the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park/New Hope area in Leander; Georgetown, near Sun City and Georgetown Village; and Brushy Creek Community Center in Round Rock.
“The report of the second human case of West Nile virus, and multiple positive trap sites in Williamson County are evidence of very high virus activity,” said Dr. Lori Palazzo, WCCHD medical director and Williamson County health authority, in the release. “Taking simple steps to avoid mosquito bites by protecting yourself with insect repellent each time you are outdoors, especially at dusk and dawn, and by preventing mosquito breeding areas around your home is the best way to prevent becoming ill.”
More information is available on WCCHD's website and the Texas Department of State Health Services' West Nile website.
Williamson County reports second human case of West Nile virus
Symptoms of the West Nile Virus include fever, headache, body aches, a skin rash and swollen lymph nodes. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)