Tarrant County reports eighth West Nile-related death

West Nile virus

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Mosquitoes transmit the West Nile virus to humans.



Posted on September 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 26 at 4:49 PM

FORT WORTH -- Tarrant County Public Health confirmed an eighth West Nile-related death in that county Wednesday.

The death involved a Fort Worth resident in his 50s with underlying health conditions, according to a county news release. No other information about the patient will be released.

People age 50 and older are at higher risk of developing a severe West Nile infection. 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. If you are experiencing symptoms, check with your doctor.

Experts advise residents to follow the four D's to further protect themselves from mosquito bites.

  • Use insect repellents that contain DEET
  • Drain any standing water
  • Dress in long, loose and light-colored clothing
  • Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from Dusk to Dawn