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Fifth West Nile Death Confirmed in Tarrant County

By Greg Janda
|  Thursday, Aug 30, 2012  |  Updated 5:47 PM CDT
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5th WNV Death in Tarrant County

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Tarrant County has confirmed a fifth victim has died after contracting the West Nile virus.

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Tarrant County has confirmed a fifth victim has died after contracting the West Nile virus.

Tarrant County Public Health says the victim lived in Hurst and was in his 80s.

They also say the victim had underlying medical conditions.

Due to patient confidentiality, no further information is expected to be released.

Get tips on symptoms of West Nile virus and West Nile virus prevention for Tarrant, Dallas, Denton, Collin and Parker counties here.

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.

Both Dallas and Richardson 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.


West Nile Virus:
Click here for complete coverage of the outbreak of West Nile virus in North Texas. Find updated numbers of human cases, spraying schedules, and more FAQs about the disease.

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