What You Need to Know about West Nile Virus 

  • West Nile virus (WNV) is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes.
  • You can reduce your risk of being infected with WNV by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites.
  • There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection.
  • Fortunately, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms.
  • About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms.
  • Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.

Six cases of human WNV have been confirmed in Galveston County in 2016

 Age Range Gender Area 
10-19 Male East County
10-19 Female East County
80-89 Female Central County
80-89 Male Central County 
40-49  Female West County 
70-79 Male  East County 

Please visit this page for the latest Galveston County morbidity report.


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