Two people from Mercedes and one person from Weslaco have West Nile virus, the leading mosquito-borne disease in the United States.
The county’s health officials will begin vector control in the affected areas and investigate whether any of these cases are travel-related, said Eduardo Olivarez, director of health and human services for Hidalgo county, on Monday.
People usually get the disease after being bitten by infected mosquitoes, and although there are no vaccines to prevent the disease or drugs to treat it, most people show that they become infected, according to the Center of Disease Control and prevention doesn’t even have symptoms of the disease.
Symptoms of a serious illness include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, cramps, muscle weakness, loss of vision, numbness and paralysis, according to the CDC, but only one in five people ever develop symptoms, the district said in a press release .
One in 150 people can develop more severe symptoms and the disease can occasionally be fatal, the CDC said.
Olivarez said there are several preventive measures in place against biting infected mosquitoes, such as applying repellants outdoors, wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants outdoors, and removing stagnant water by frequently checking items in the yard Can collect water, including tires. Buckets, planters and toys.
The district will publish further information in a press conference on Monday afternoon.