Tarrant County

First West Nile-Related Death of 2017 Reported in Tarrant County

Tarrant County Public Health reports the first West Nile-associated death in the county of 2017.

Officials said a senior adult with "underlying medical conditions" died after contracting the virus.

Additional details about the death are not being released because of privacy laws.

At this time, TCPH has not announced any plans to do additional ground spraying for mosquitos. The last ground spraying operations in the county were done July 2 in an unincorporated part of the county near Corral Drive.

TCPH said last year there were two West Nile-associated deaths in the season. 

People who are 50 years or older have a higher risk of developing a severe infection because of West Nile, according to TCPH. TCPH has tips on preventing the West Nile virus on its website. 

How to Protect Yourself From Mosquito Bites
  • Dress in long sleeves, pants when outside: For extra protection, spray thin clothing with repellent.
  • DEET: Make sure this ingredient is in your insect repellent.
  • Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood: Mosquitoes can develop in any water stagnant for more than three days.

It has been recommended in the past that to avoid mosquito bites you should avoid being outdoors during Dusk and Dawn (the 4 Ds). While this is true for mosquitoes that commonly carry the West Nile virus, other types of mosquitoes that are more likely to carry Zika, dengue and chikungunya are active during the day. When outdoors, no matter what time of day, adjust your dress accordingly and wear insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus as your first line of defense against insect bites.

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