By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Dallas County health officials reported the first two West Nile virus related fatalities of the year in Dallas residents. Both individuals were diagnosed with neuroinvasive disease.

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“Our first two deaths in Dallas County this year due to West Nile Virus are reminders of the seriousness of West Nile Virus disease and the importance of being vigilant about avoiding mosquito bites,” Dr. Philip Huang, the county’s health director said.

To date, seven human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Dallas County this year, including the two deaths.

West Nile virus symptoms usually develop between two and 14 days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. Symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands. Older individuals or individuals with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of severe illness. If you or a family member has concerns about any symptoms, contact your health care provider.

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