The first West Nile virus-related death of the year in Dallas County has been reported, the county health department confirmed to WFAA on Tuesday.
Health officials say the patient was infected with the more serious neuroinvasive form of the disease. No other details were released for privacy reasons. Of the 26 Dallas County residents infected previous year, two died from the mosquito-borne illness.
According to the health unit, West Nile Virus is mainly transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms include: fever, headache and muscle aches. In an outbreak in 2012, more than 1,000 people were infected and 36 people died across four North Texas counties.
Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.
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Eliminate mosquito breeding sites by removing any standing water from your property.
Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes are most active.
The disease can be spread to humans and animals.