First West Nile Virus-Related Death in Montgomery County for 2018

December 11, 2018

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First West Nile Virus-Related Death in Montgomery County for 2018

Date:  December 11, 2018


Conroe, Texas – The Montgomery County Public Health Department has received confirmation of the first death related to the West Nile virus in 2018 for Montgomery County. The woman was in her 60s and resided in the east side of the county. While the resident did have other medical conditions, the death was classified as West Nile-related. In 2018, there have been 11 cases of WNV in Montgomery County. In 2017, there were two confirmed cases.

West Nile virus can cause serious disease and is most commonly spread by infected mosquitoes. People typically develop symptoms between 3 and 14 days after they are bitten. According to the CDC, approximately 80 percent of people who are infected will not show any symptoms at all, but there is no way to know in advance if you will develop the illness.

Milder symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and, sometimes, swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. These symptoms can last up to several weeks. Serious symptoms that account for less than 1% of those infected can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures or paralysis. These symptoms can last for several weeks and neurological effects may be permanent.

If you develop symptoms of severe WNV illness, such as unusually severe headaches or confusion, seek medical attention immediately. The majority of milder WNV illnesses improve on their own.

According to the CDC, the most effective way to avoid West Nile virus is to prevent mosquito bites. Avoid bites by using insect repellants, wearing protective clothing when outdoors and emptying standing water outside of your home.

For more information on WNV, please visit the CDC at