Mosquito tests positive for West Nile Virus in Harris County

The Houston Chronicle reports that Harris County Public Health authorities say a mosquito caught somewhere just west of downtown Houston earlier this week tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

The mosquito was caught in one of several traps set out by the department near memorial park and the north side of Buffalo Bayou.

It is the first mosquito to test positive for the virus so far in 2019. No cases of West Nile confirmed in any person in Harris County.

Most people infected with West Nile do not develop any symptoms, but roughly one in five develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.

People can die of west Nile virus, including one Harris County man in 2018.