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2nd West Nile Death Confirmed In Travis County
Updated: Friday, September 7 2012, 12:53 PM CDT
A second Travis County resident has died from West Nile Virus, according to county health officials.
Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services confirmed the death from West Nile Neuroinvasive disease on Tuesday.
It is not releasing information about the person who died other than he or she was more than 50 years old, which matches the Centers of Disease Control profile for those at highest risk of severe illness.
The first West Nile Virus death for Travis County this year was announced in July. These deaths are the first from West Nile Virus for the county since 2003 when two persons died.
“It is always difficult to lose a member of our community,” said Carlos Rivera, Director-Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department. “We’ve experienced the most active West Nile season in our country’s history. It’s also important to remember that most people who become infected with West Nile Virus show no symptoms. We urge everyone to do their part to get rid of any standing water on their property that could be used as a breeding ground for mosquitoes and comply with the four D’s.”
- Dusk and Dawn: Stay indoors during dusk and dawn. That’s the time when mosquitoes likely to carry the infection are most active.
- Dress: Wear pants and long sleeves when you are outside, especially in mosquito-infested areas.
- DEET: Apply insect repellent that contains DEET. Read and follow label instructions. Spray both exposed skin and clothing with repellent.
- Drain: Get rid of standing water in your yard and neighborhood. Old tires, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters leaky pipes and faucets, birdbaths and wading pools can be breeding sites for mosquitoes.
About one in 150 people infected with WNV will develop severe illness. The severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent. Symptoms can last for as short as a few days, though even healthy people have become sick for several weeks.
Travis County Mosquito virus: http://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Health/Environmental/MosqSurv7-19-12.pdf