The first 2016 case of west Nile Virus in East Texas has been confirmed in Angelina County.
According to the Department of State Health Services, a case of West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease was identified by officials.
West Nile Virus activity has also been reported in Smith and Gregg Counties, but no reports of humans contracting the virus has been made.
State officials recommend eliminating standing water and other mosquito breeding areas to help avoid mosquito bites.
DSHS reports most cases are harmless.
“As many as 80 percent of people who contract the virus will have no symptoms at all. Almost all others will have West Nile fever with symptoms like headache, fever, muscle and joint aches, nausea and fatigue. A very small minority will develop West Nile neuroinvasive disease, a life threatening illness that can cause neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis.”
Last year, 275 human cases of West Nile illness were confirmed in Texas. Sixteen of those cases ended in death.