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Second West Nile Death Confirmed in Tarrant County



    Second West Nile Death Confirmed in Tarrant County
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    A second person has died in Tarrant County after contracting the West Nile virus.

    Tarrant County Public Health reported Monday that the latest victim was a Fort Worth resident in his 80s, with underlying medical conditions.

    Tarrant County has had two deaths after patients contracted the West Nile virus. Dallas County reported their tenth West Nile death on Monday as well.

    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.

    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.