Tarrant County Confirms West Nile Virus-Related Death

Frederick Owens
July 18, 2017

The resident is being treated in Dougherty County.

The third case of West Nile virus for 2017 has been reported in Forrest County, Mississippi health officials said Monday. This is the second case reported in Forrest County so far this year. Wednesday's DEP report listed Hampden Township in Cumberland County as one of the nearby positive samples. "The best protection against West Nile virus - and other mosquito-borne illnesses including Zika - is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes".

WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans through mosquitos.

This year, Tarrant County saw its earliest positive West Nile sample, on April 13 in Grapevine.

TCPH did not identify the person who died, but said they were "a senior adult with underlying medical conditions".

"About 20 percent of people infected experience headache, fever, fatigue, joint pain and general weakness, and recover completely within a few days", Ruis said.

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Defend yourself against mosquitoes by covering up exposed skin and apply DEET or another EPA-approved insect repellent.

It has been recommended in the past that to avoid mosquito bites you should avoid being outdoors during Dusk and Dawn (the 4 Ds).

The virus risk is low, but the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment warned that hotter days in July and August are ideal conditions for the Culex mosquito and the virus.

Eliminate standing water in gutters, planters, toys, wheelbarrows and old tires.

Ensure window and door screens fit tightly to keep mosquitoes out of the home.

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