First human case of West Nile virus reported in Montgomery County

August 24, 2016 GMT

Montgomery County officials have confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus in Montgomery County.

According to information from County Judge Craig Doyal’s Office, the case is reported in a man in his early 70s.

There have been no cases of the Zika virus reported.

The Montgomery County Public Health District continues to ask homeowners to do their part to help fight West Nile Virus.

“With the first case of West Nile Virus reported this season, it’s time for the public to stay on the alert and take steps to protect themselves from the risks of disease borne by mosquitoes,” Doyal said. “We urge residents to take precautions outlined in this release from our public health district” including wearing protective clothing, using repellents, avoiding the outdoors during peak mosquito activity, and taking steps to control mosquitoes around your home.

While the county’s public health district tracks the outbreak of West Nile Virus and other diseases, Doyal said the county will continue to take appropriate steps to control the mosquito population, with county commissioners employing a variety of tools, including trapping, testing and spraying for mosquito control.