BREAKING: Sugar Land resident tests positive for West Nile Virus

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According to a release from the City of Sugar Land this morning, the Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department notified Dr. Joe Anzaldua—the city’s medical director and health authority—that a person who lives in Sugar Land recently tested positive for West Nile Virus at a local hospital.

Because of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability considerations, additional details on the resident are not available, including where the adult was exposed to the virus, according to the release.

As a precautionary measure, the city will increase mosquito spraying to twice per week citywide and will continue working closely with the Texas Department of State Health Services to trap and test mosquitos for the presence of West Nile virus. The traps supplement the city’s larvicide and mosquito spraying operations.

“Residents should use insect repellent whenever they are outdoors and avoid going outside at dusk and dawn,” said Anzaldua in the release. “People over 50 years old and those with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if infected with the virus. If people have symptoms that cause them concern, they should contact their healthcare provider immediately.”

No mosquitos in Sugar Land have tested positive for West Nile Virus since the city released reports of infected mosquitos the week of Aug. 10.

Infected mosquitoes get the virus from feeding on infected birds. The virus can cause serious illness or death. Symptoms may include a stiff neck, vision problems, body tremors, mental confusion, memory loss and seizures. The milder form of the illness is West Nile fever. Symptoms may include fever, headache, muscle and bone aches, nausea, and drowsiness.

Residents should eliminate standing water around their homes, an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. For more information, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/fightthebite.

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Beth Marshall
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Beth Marshall graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in business. Originally hired as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in 2016, she became editor of the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition in October 2017.
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