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Mosquitos test positive for West Nile Virus in Brazos County

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BRAZOS COUNTY- The Brazos County Health Department has now reported two cases of West Nile Virus among mosquitos in the area.

Donnie Manry knows all too well how one mosquito can change the rest of your life.

"I woke up one morning with a stiff neck," Manry said, "Over the next six days it went from stiff neck to I couldn't walk, totally collapsed on the floor."

Manry contracted West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease back in 2006 and was paralyzed from the chest down.

The Brazos County Health Department is now warning residents to take precautions this summer.

"We've already collected up to 5,000 mosquitos compared to the other years,"Mark Johnsen with the Health Department said, "We have already surpassed the amount of mosquitos this year, it has to do with the rainfall and the weather this year. "

Johnsen says the high population of mosquitos this year could result in more West Nile Cases.

On June 6 and June 13, separate mosquito specimens tested positive at the McFerrin Athletic Center on Texas A&M's Campus.

Doctors say signs of West Nile are similar to flu-like symptoms.

"Things that you would normally anticipate with the flu,"Doctor Steve Ramirez with St. Joseph said, "You kind of get body aches, generalized fever, you occasionally might get a rash. If you know you have those symptoms most of the time you are going to be OK, a rare one percent actually develop a Neuroinvasive process. "

After years of recovery, Manry is urging people to take precautions.

"You need to be constantly on a daily basis checking to make sure there is no standing water," Manry said, "You know if it's rained over night, bird baths, buckets, you want to prevent the breeding ground."

Manry is hoping his past can help educate others about the disease.

"You need to be aware, protect yourself don't think it could happen to someone else because you may be the one."

--All Brazos County residents are urged to keep up their defenses and practice the Four D's:

· Drain standing water around the house, including tires, cans, flowerpots, rain gutters, buckets, wading pools, puddles, etc. Trim grass and shrubs and do not over water lawns and gardens.

· Wear insect repellent containing DEET.

· Stay indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

· Dress in long sleeves and pants when outdoors to prevent bites.