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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Elizabeth Tolentino
    Senior Public Information Officer
    Tarrant County Public Health
    817-321-5306 direct
    817-401-5967 mobile
    etolentino@tarrantcounty.com

    Be Mosquito Free, Prevent, Protect, Take Controll

    West Nile Virus-associated Death Reported in Tarrant County

     

    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 paralysis.

    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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    News release date: September 21, 2018