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Tarrant County Confirms Eighth West Nile Death



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    Tarrant County reported their eight West Nile virus-related death on Wednesday.

    Tarrant County Public Health confirmed an eighth person has died after contracting the West Nile virus.

    The latest victim was a Fort Worth man in his 50's with underlying medical conditions.

    That brings the total number of North Texans who died after contracting the virus up to 35 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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