Tarrant, Dallas County each confirm one new West Nile-related death

Tarrant, Dallas County each confirm one new West Nile-related death

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Posted on October 8, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 8 at 6:53 PM

Health officials confirmed two more West Nile-related deaths in North Texas Monday.

In Tarrant County, a Watauga resident in his 40s with no underlying health conditions was the ninth victim of West Nile virus this year in Tarrant County.

No more information about the patient will be released.

Dallas County Halth and Human Services confirmed the 18th person this year in the county died of West Nile virus in ZIP code 75001, which is in Addison.

Officials in Dallas County did not provide additional identifying information.

People age 50 and older are at a higher risk of developing a severe West Nile virus infection, according to Tarrant County Public Health. Symptoms of West Nile infection 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 any of those symptoms, see your physician.

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