FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Senior Public Information Officer
Tarrant County Public Health
October 26, 2016 (Tarrant County, TX) – Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) reported today the first West Nile Virus-associated death of the 2016 season. The death involved a senior adult with underlying medical conditions.
Last year, TCPH reported one associated death for the season.
West Nile Virus can affect anyone, although people age 50 and older run a higher risk of developing a severe infection. About 20 percent of infected people will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Most people with this type of the disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months. Less than one percent of infected people develop inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues. The symptoms of neurologic illness can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures or paralysis.
As of today, mosquitoes are still active across the county. TCPH reminds residents to take personal protective measures to safeguard against all mosquito-borne illnesses. Residents should routinely dump standing water on their property, use EPA-approved bug spray and whenever possible dress in long sleeves and pants.
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