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KFDM News learns of first human West Nile case this year in Southeast Texas
JEFFERSON COUNTY - By Justin Hinton, KFDM News
The first human West Nile virus has been reported, according to the Port Arthur Health Department.
The person who contracted the virus lives in the southern part of Jefferson County. Health authorities won’t be specific about where the person lives or the person’s condition.
“It’s scary,” said Noel Wallace. “I’m scared that somebody’s gonna get bit and somebody’s gonna get West Nile because that’s always something that could happen.”
Wallace isn’t taking any chances.
The mother of three is busy getting ready for her wedding at Port Neches Park and before finding out about the first human West Nile case of the year in Jefferson County, she already told her guests to wear repellent.
“We’ve already asked people to bring mosquito repellent, because we knew where we were gonna be at. We knew we were gonna be outside, so they’re bringing some. They’re bringing sunscreen, so I think we will be covered,” Wallace said.
Judith Smith with Port Arthur’s health department oversees the cases within the southern part of Jefferson County.
She says some age groups are at greater risk, even though the odds of anyone getting West Nile are low.
“Of course we’re concerned about everybody in between, but we look at the target groups, the elderly and the very young,” Smith said.
Jefferson County Mosquito Control hasn't discovered any mosquito samples thus far testing positive for the virus.