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    First West Nile virus-associated death reported in Tarrant County

    Contact: Vanassa Joseph, Sr. Public Information Officer, 817-321-5306,

    cell: 817-401-5967,

    vljoseph@tarrantcounty.com

     

    First West Nile virus-associated death reported in Tarrant County

     

    (Tarrant County, Texas) . Tarrant County Public Health reports its first death associated with West Nile virus (WNV) in 2012. The death involved a Euless resident in her 60s, with underlying medical conditions. It is the first death related to WNV since 2009 when three deaths occurred.

    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 for evaluation and treatment.

    Tarrant County Public Health recommends that people use an insect repellent when they are outdoors, preferably one with at least 20 percent DEET; dress appropriately by covering their arms and legs and spray thin clothing with repellent when outdoors; avoid being outdoors at dusk and dawn, if possible, and drain all standing water in and around your home and neighborhood.

    For more information about WNV, look for the West Nile virus icon on our Web site: tarrantcounty.com.