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Denton County reports 9th human case of West Nile virus

A resident from The Colony has been diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease, the more serious form of the West Nile virus. 

The case marks the ninth person diagnosed with some form of West Nile virus in Denton County in 2017, according to a statement from county public health officials Monday afternoon. The neuroinvasive form of the illness can cause permanent paralysis and death. 

The risk of West Nile virus will continue until the first freezing temperatures, which typically come in mid-November. County health officials encourage residents to continue to guard against mosquito bites. More than 80 mosquito traps have tested positive from around the county, including one trap in the city of Denton near Mingo Road and Mockingbird Lane. 

More information about the virus can be found on the county website .