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Human case of West Nile confirmed in Wise

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The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed this week that a Wise County resident has a confirmed case of West Nile neuroinvasive disease (WNND). A spokesperson with the TDSHS declined to provide any more information, citing patient privacy laws. WNND is the more serious of the two forms of the illness, with West Nile fever being the milder form. Human cases of West Nile have now been confirmed this year in 31 counties in Texas, including Tarrant, Denton and Cooke. This is only the second confirmed human case in Wise County since West Nile first showed up in Texas in 2002.