West Nile Cases in Amarillo

By Veronica Dietrich | vdietrich@kamr.com

Published 09/27 2013 08:51PM

Updated 09/27 2013 09:19PM

It's a tiny bug, with an infectious bite.

Most cases of West Nile virus can actually go away on their own, but others can be much worse and even deadly.

So far in 2013 there have been 4 confirmed cases in our area, 1 in Potter County and 3 in Randall County.

There have also been 4 probable cases.

Up to 80% of people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms and will recover on their own, but there are some things to look out for.

If you have a fever, headache, skin rash, fatigue, and lack of appetite, you might want to visit your doctor.

We spoke with the Texas Department of State Health Services and they say even though 4 cases might seem like a lot, it's nothing like last year.

In 2012, there were 4 confirmed cases in Potter County and 18 cases in Randall.

Younger and older people are more succeptable to get West Nile, like those over 50 and infants and toddlers.

Experts suggest using mosquito spray with deet in it, wearing long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk, and regularly drain standing water to protect yourself.

In 2012, there were 1800 cases of West Nile across the state, 89 of those were deadly.

As of September 21, Texas has seen 66 West Nile cases, 4 of those resulting in death.

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