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2 Cases of West Nile Fever Confirmed in Plano



    Two confirmed cases of West Nile fever have been reported in Plano. West Nile fever is a lesser form of West Nile virus. (Published Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013)

    Collin County health officials say two human cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Plano.

    The two cases are the first human cases found in Plano this year. The two people who contracted the virus live in zip codes 75025 and 75094.

    These two cases are West Nile fever, the less serious form of West Nile virus.

    Dr.  Peggy Wittie, chief epidemiologist at Collin County Health Care Services, said going forward the public can expect fewer cases.

    “It got hot," Wittie said. "It is August. This is what typically happens. We typically see a reduction of cases somewhere between the middle of August to September. People are less sick. They don’t have the more severe forms where they are going to the hospital."

    Still, people can reduce their risk of exposure to West Nile virus by preventing mosquito bites through the use of insect repellent and by wearing protective clothing.

    Mike Moore and his kids have been outside all summer long. And they haven’t really thought about West Nle virus until these two confirmed West Nile fever cases were confimed where he lives. 

    "It is a little disconerting," Moore said.

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