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West Nile hits Waco area: one dead, five confirmed cases

Monday, July 23, 2012 - 3:33pm

MCLENNAN COUNTY -- West Nile Virus has killed one Central Texan and at least five other cases have been confirmed in McLennan County.

According to the McLennan County Health District an 80-year-old woman died over the weekend form the virus.

So far five cases have been confirmed and at least three others are suspected but are still waiting on test results.

Officials tell us the elderly and those with weak immune systems are most susceptible to severe complications of the virus.

"A severe headache, possibly disorientation or confusion, a fever, muscle aches. For those of us that are healthy or young, you may have simple cold symptoms you may not have anything that would register you go to the doctor," said Kelly Craine, McLennan County Public Health District spokesman.

Craine said to get rid of any standing water that may attract mosquitos around your house and avoid being outside late evening or early in the morning.

Also always use bug repellent.

 

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