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Denton Co. Man Infected with West Nile Dies

Elderly man had underlying health conditions



    Denton Co. Man Infected with West Nile Dies

    Denton County has confirmed the death of a man who was infected with West Nile virus.

    The patient was a man in his 90s who had underlying health issues and lived within the city of Denton.

    Due to patient confidentiality, no further information will be released about the man.

    Get tips on symptoms of West Nile and West Nile prevention 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.

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