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Dallas County Confirms 15th West Nile Death



    Dallas County Confirms 15th West Nile Death
    Aug. 16, 2012, mosquitos are sorted at the Dallas County mosquito lab in Dallas.

    Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed the fifteenth death of a patient after contracting the West Nile virus on Tuesday.

    Health officials say the victim lived in zip code 75052.

    Tarrant County also reported a West Nile virus-related death on Tuesday.

    With those additions, the total count for West Nile virus-related deaths in North Texas reached 28 as of Sept. 11. More than 820 human cases of the virus have been reported in the area.

    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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