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First Texan this year diagnosed with West Nile Virus

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A man who lives in a county located between Dallas and Houston is the first Texan this year to be diagnosed with West Nile virus.

State health officials are asking people to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

The patient in Anderson County is recovering from the neuroinvasive form of the virus, the more serious form of the disease that can harm the brain.

89 Texans died last year from the illness.

Dallas county had the most deaths and overall cases in the state last year- 19 deaths and nearly 400 confirmed cases.

11 people died in Tarrant County, 4 in Collin County, and 2 in Denton County.

Dallas County sprayed for mosquitoes last month after bugs in Richardson and Highland Park tested positive for the disease.

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