Kelly Hanes, Senior Public Information Officer
Tarrant County Public Health
Positive Human Case of West Nile Virus
Confirmed in Tarrant County
2,298 mosquito samples tested since seasonal surveillance began on April 1
August 4, 2014 (Tarrant County, TX) – Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus for the 2014 season.
This case from the City of Crowley is the severe form, or West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. Additional details are not being released to protect the identity of the patient.
In 2013, TCPH reported its first human case on May 26. For the entire 2013 season, TCPH reported nine human cases of West Nile disease, including two deaths.
Up to 80-percent of people infected with West Nile virus show no symptoms.
The mild form of the disease is commonly referred to as West Nile Fever. Symptoms include headache, fever, muscle and joint aches, nausea and fatigue. People typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks.
The more severe form is often referred to as West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. Symptoms include neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. This form of the disease can be deadly.
TCPH reminds residents to take personal protective measures to safeguard against West Nile virus. Residents should routinely dump standing water on their property, use repellent, and dress for dusk to dawn.
TCPH has compiled a list of ways You Can Protect Yourself.
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County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111
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