Health Department reports first West Nile case

The Lubbock Health Department reported its first human case of West Nile for 2016 on Tuesday.


Most of the time in cases of West Nile, those infected do not realize they have the virus and go about just fine, Dr. Mark Lacy, associate professor of internal medicine at the Health Sciences Center, said.


“Most people with West Nile tend to have less upper respiratory symptoms that are not always but frequently associated with influenza,” Lacy said. “The other thing is, sometimes West Nile Virus is associated with rashes, which is somewhat uncommon with influenza.”'


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