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    Reporting first WNV-related death in Tarrant Co. for 2013

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


    Tarrant County reports first death

    associated with West Nile virus


    (Tarrant County, Texas) . Tarrant County Public Health today reports the first death associated with West Nile virus (WNV) in 2013 - a south Fort Worth man in his 30s with underlying medical conditions. The man was one of four human cases of WNV previously reported.

    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 and ground spraying, go to the Take Control - Stop West Nile Virus web page on this website. The web page also includes a link to an interactive West Nile map that allows people to search for ground-spraying locations, mosquito pool positives, mosquito trap locations and human case data.