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Dallas County Confirms 17th West Nile Death

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    Dallas confirmed the seventeenth death of a patient after they contracted the West Nile virus.

    Dallas County Health and Human Services officials confirmed the seventeenth death of a patient after they contracted the West Nile virus.

    The latest victim lived in zip code 75043 and was diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease.

    This death brings the total of North Texas victims to 34 for 2012.

    West Nile Virus Facts

    Most people bitten by a West Nile virus-infected mosquito will not show any symptoms. Symptoms, if they appear, are fever, headache, nausea, body aches, swollen lymph nodes and skin rashes.

    Fewer than 1 percent of those infected with West Nile virus experience the serious form of the illness. Serious symptoms include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, tremors or convulsions, vision loss, muscle weakness and numbness or paralysis.

    North Texas health officials are urging residents to:

    • Drain standing water around their homes to reduce mosquito breeding grounds.
    • Dress in pants and long sleeves when outside, but avoid becoming too hot.
    • Apply an insect repellent that contains DEET to exposed skin and to clothing when outdoors.
    • Stay indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.


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