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    Kelly Hanes
    Senior Public Information Officer
    Tarrant County Public Health
    817-321-5306 direct
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    Be Mosquito Free, Prevent, Protect, Take Control

    West Nile Virus-associated Death Reported in Tarrant County


    July 17, 2017 (Tarrant County, TX) – Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) reported today the first West Nile Virus-associated death of the 2017 season. The death involved a senior adult with underlying medical conditions. Additional details are not being released due to privacy laws.

    Last year, TCPH reported two associated deaths 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.

    TCPH encourages all residents to Be Mosquito Free. reminds residents Be Mosquito Free. Residents should routinely dump standing water on their property, use EPA-approved insect repellent, and dress in long sleeves and pants.

    TCPH’s video Mosquitoes Love Water has NEW tips to show residents how to take control of their property and help protect their neighbors. You can also view the following videos: Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites and Barrier Treatments to Prevent Mosquitoes.

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    News release date: July 17, 2017