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Tarrant County Records 7th West Nile Death

More than 250 sickened by West Nile virus in Tarrant County



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    A seventh person has died in Tarrant County after contracting West Nile virus, bringing the total number of North Texas fatalities to 30.

    Collin County also reported a West Nile-related death Wednesday afternoon.

    The victim, who lived in Hurst, was in his 70s and had multiple underlying health conditions. Due to patient confidentiality, no further information is expected to be released.

    According to Tarrant County, those over the age of 50 are at a higher risk of developing a severe West Nile virus 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. People with symptoms should check with their physician," the county said Wednesday.

    As of Sept. 12,  more than 250 people have been sickened by West Nile virus in Tarrant County.  More than 820 have contracted the virus across North Texas this summer.

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