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Tarrant County Confirms Tenth West Nile Death



    Tarrant County Confirms Tenth West Nile Death
    Mosquitoes are the carrier of the West Nile virus.

    Tarrant County Public Health confirmed the tenth death of a patient that contracted the West Nile virus in the area.

    The victim was an Arlington resident in his 70s with underlying medical conditions.

    With this death, 38 people in North Texas have died after contracting the disease.

    Over 1,000 human cases of the disease have been reported in the North Texas area in 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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