LONGVIEW, TX — A second East Texan has died from West Nile virus, state health officials reported Wednesday.
A confirmed death in Panola County brings the number of East Texans who have died from the illness to two, including one Gregg County resident.
The latest state figures indicate another confirmed case of the less severe West Nile fever illness in Gregg and Smith counties, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Officials did not release details of the sick residents or in which areas they live.
As the number of West Nile virus cases in Texas continues to rise, the increased numbers of people contracting the illness is mirroring those cases across the nation.
To combat the outbreak, area cities and counties have increased preventative measures. This week, as children started back to school or started daycare, officials warned to take precautions against the mosquito-borne disease.
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