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The first Fort Bend County resident to contract West Nile virus encephalitis this year has been confirmed, according to Fort Bend County Health and Human Services.

The Texas Department of State Health Services on Thursday confirmed that a county resident had contracted the virus – the first instance this year in Fort Bend County, according to a news release.

The resident is recovering from the infection, according to the release. Health officials did not name or give an age for the resident.

West Nile virus is spread via mosquito bite, according to the release. Only about one in five people who are infected develop a fever or other symptoms, but one in about every 150 cases develops a serious, sometimes fatal illness, according to the release.

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