FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Senior Public Information Officer
Tarrant County Public Health
September 21, 2018 (Tarrant County, TX) – Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) is reporting the first West Nile Virus-associated death of the 2018 season. The death involved a senior adult with underlying medical conditions. Additional details are not being released due to privacy laws.
TCPH reported two West Nile Virus-associated deaths for the 2017 season.
So far this year TCPH has received a total of eight West Nile Virus human case reports; four West Nile fever and four West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. In 2017, TCPH reported a total of 20 West Nile Virus human cases.
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
TCPH encourages all residents to 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 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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