Second West Nile virus-associated death reported in Tarrant County
(Tarrant County, Texas) … Tarrant County Public Health today reports a second death associated with West Nile virus (WNV). The death involved a Fort Worth resident in his 80s, with underlying medical conditions.
While everyone is at risk of being affected by West Nile virus, people age 50 and older are at a higher risk of developing a severe WNV infection. West Nile virus symptoms include flu-like illness, with moderate to high fever (102 degrees or more), severe headache, severe muscle ache or joint pain, severe eye pain, mental changes, fatigue, nausea and respiratory symptoms. People with symptoms should check with their physician.
Tarrant County Public Health recommends that people:
· Drain and dump all standing water in and around their home and neighborhood; double-check all areas in light of the recent rains.
· Use an insect repellent when outdoors, preferably one with at least 20 percent DEET.
· Dress appropriately by covering your arms and legs and spray thin clothing with repellent when outdoors.
· Avoid being outdoors dusk to dawn, if possible.
For more information about WNV, look for the West Nile virus icon on our Web site: tarrantcounty.com.