Euless woman is Tarrant County's first West Nile fatality

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Posted on July 31, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 31 at 5:50 PM

Health officials in Tarrant County have recorded the year's first death associated with West Nile virus.

Tarrant County Public Health said the victim was a Euless resident in her 60s with an underlying medical condition. The woman's identity was not released.

The county's last West Nile death was in 2009, when there were three fatalities. Seven Tarrant County residents were felled by the diseas in 2006.

So far in 2012, there have been 67 human cases of WNV reported in Tarrant County -- more than any previous year.

A total of five West Nile-related deaths have been reported this year in neighboring Dallas County, which is the epicenter of the epidemic with a total of 100 human cases. Never before has the mosquito-borne disease claimed as many lives in Dallas County.

Travis County health officials on Tuesday announced the first West Nile death in Austin since a 2003 outbreak.

According to state health officials who studied figures between 2002 and 2010,  the average fatality rate among people who are diagnosed with West Nile virus is 9.2 percent.

The peak year for WNV in Texas was 2006, with 33 fatalities statewide.

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