Andrews County Resident Dies from West Nile Virus

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

The recent West Nile Virus outbreak is the largest ever seen in the United States and it's showing no signs of slowing down.

Now the mosquito-born West Nile Virus has taken its first victim in the Permian Basin.

A spokesperson with the Texas Department of Health Services has confirmed with NewsWest 9 that a person from Andrews County has died from the virus.

Details on the patient is very limited right now.

The total number of people with the virus is nine in the Permian basin.

Most of the cases of the virus are from Andrews County.

Mosquitoes spread the virus from birds to people.

One in 150 infected people develop severe symptoms including neck stiffness, disorientation, coma and paralysis.

We will keep you up to date as more information becomes available.