New cases of West Nile reported in Wichita County

The West Nile epidemic hitting North Texas is creeping into Wichita County.

Leslie Gesham with the Wichita County Health District says the number of probable West Nile Fever cases is up to five.

The first case was reported on July 20.

The second was identified a week later on july 27 and three new cases of the disease were reported on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Two of those cases are women and three are men.

Also, the ages range from 19 to 78.

Gresham says the cases are still being investigated but four of them are in Wichita Falls and one is in Iowa Park.

Health officials had thought there was a sixth case here in the county but that person was ruled out.

Gresham says they are still investigating to find common links between everyone infected.

"There are no commonalities at this point between persons and because it is a vector borne illness, it is not transmitted human to human, we are doing a lot of education with our providers and the public to make sure they are protecting themselves and their loved ones," Gresham says.

Gresham says no West Nile Neuroinvasive disease or deaths have been reported in the county.

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