West Nile not stopping, number rising

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Updated: 9/12/2012 5:25 am
The number of West Nile cases in the city of Lubbock continue to rise. The City Health Department confirmed two more patients diagnosed with the mosquito-borne illness.

Both are women over the age of fifty with the more serious neuro-invasive form.

This makes a total of six West Nile virus cases in the city of Lubbock.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms and will recover on their own. However, some cases can cause serious illness or death.

People over 50 and those with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming ill if they become infected with the virus.

Health experts said the best defense is taking precautions to prevent exposure to mosquitoes.
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