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    Tarrant County Public Health reports 3rd, 4th WNV-related deaths

    Contact: Al Roy, Public Information Officer; 817-321-5313, cell: 817-422-3828

    anroy@tarrantcounty.com

    Tarrant County reports third and fourth deaths

    associated with West Nile virus

    (Tarrant County, Texas) . Tarrant County Public Health today reports two additional deaths associated with West Nile virus (WNV), bringing the total West Nile virus-related deaths this season in Tarrant County to four. The latest deaths involve a Fort Worth man and a North Richland Hills woman - both in their 80's, 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.

    Avoid being outdoors from dusk to dawn, if possible.

    Dress appropriately by covering your arms and legs and spray thin clothing with repellent when outdoors.

    Use an insect repellent when outdoors, preferably one with at least 20 percent DEET.

    For more information about WNV, visit our West Nile virus Web page.