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    Fifth West Nile virus-associated death in Tarrant Co.

    Contact: Vanassa Joseph, Sr. Public Information Officer

    817-321-5306, cell: 817-401-5967,


    Fifth West Nile virus-associated death reported in Tarrant County

    (Tarrant County, Texas) . Tarrant County Public Health today reports a fifth death associated with West Nile virus (WNV). The death involved a Hurst resident in his 80s, with underlying medical conditions.

    Everyone is at risk of being affected by West Nile virus, but 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 reminds residents to:

    Drain and dump all standing water in and around your home and neighborhood.

    Use an insect repellent when outdoors, preferably one with DEET.

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

    Avoid being outdoors dusk to dawn, if possible.


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