Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) reports the first death associated with West Nile Virus (WNV) in Tarrant County this year. The death involved a senior adult with underlying medical conditions who resided in Northeast Tarrant County.

“This individual was also the County’s second human case of West Nile Virus,” said Vinny Taneja, Director for Tarrant County Public Health. TCPH reported the first human WNV case on July 31.

“While everyone is at risk of being affected by West Nile Virus, people age 50 and older are at a higher risk of developing a severe WNV infection,” said Taneja. West Nile Virus symptoms include flu-like illness, with moderate to high fever (102 degrees or more), severe headache, severe muscle ache or joint pain, severe eye pain, mental changes, fatigue, nausea and respiratory symptoms.  People with symptoms should check with their physician.

TCPH reminds residents to take personal protective measures to safeguard against West Nile virus. Residents should routinely dump standing water on their property, use repellent and dress for dusk to dawn.