Texas Health Department sending out a warning about West Nile Virus cases

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

The State Health Department is sending out a warning after three confirmed cases of West Nile Virus, including one in Alpine.

The other two cases were reported out of El Paso County.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, West Nile Virus is a potentially serious disease, communicable to humans, birds and other mammals through mosquito bites.

Recent heavy rains are being blamed for the large amount of mosquitos in West Texas.

Officials say there is no reason for panic, just be aware of the situation.

Here's some things you can do to protect yourself from those pesky mosquitos.

Avoid going outside when mosquitos are most active, that's usually from dusk to dawn.

Wear long sleeve shirts and, pants and shoes when you go outside.

Use mosquito repellant that contains deet .