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West Nile Virus Case Confirmed in Grayson County

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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- It's official, the West Nile Virus is here in Grayson County. Wednesday Grayson County Health Department officials received test results from the first human case.

An 80 year old Grayson County man was the victim. He was in the hospital for a number of days, but has since been released and is recovering at home.

The Health Department is waiting for test results for a second possible West Nile Case involving a young Sherman woman. She too was in the hospital, but has returned home.

"20% of Americans who are infected with this virus can very well show West Nile Fever, which is a high fever 103 to 105. It really mimics the flu," says John Teel, Director, Grayson County Health Department.

Teel says the elderly are more likely to show symptoms if bitten by an infected mosquito as well as people with weaker immune systems, such as cancer patients.

Health officials advise the public to avoid the outdoors during dusk and dawn when mosquitos are most active and be sure to use bug spray containing DEET. Also don't forget to dump any standing water on your property, which will likely attract mosquitos.