TRAVIS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Authorities at the Texas Department of State Health Services have confirmed the state’s first human case of a West Nile-related illness.

A patient from Travis County has been diagnosed with West Nile fever. Additional details about the patient are being kept secret due to patient confidentiality laws.

Typically West Nile season starts in June and runs through October. Last year, Texas reported 183 human cases and 14 deaths. Texas documented a record-setting 2012 season with an unprecedented number of deaths and cases reported across the state.

“The best way to protect yourself is by using insect repellent every time you go outside,” said Tom Sidwa, State Public Health Veterinarian and manager of the Zoonosis Control Branch. “West Nile virus can make people very sick, with symptoms that can last for weeks or months.”

Click here for more information about West Nile, provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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