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First West Nile Virus case confirmed in Nueces County

Posted at 7:03 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 23:20:55-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District has confirmed their first West Nile Virus infection in the county.

This is the first infection of 2020 in Nueces County.

The patient is a male in his 50s and is currently hospitalized locally. He lives in the 78417 zip code area where the health district has not identified a positive case of the virus in mosquitoes.

West Nile Virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Body aches
  • Occasionally a skin rash, sometimes on the trunk of the body
  • Swollen lymph glands

Illness can be as short as a few days or last several weeks. According to the CDC, Texas has reported 48 cases of West Nile and eight deaths for 2020.

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