Monday, August 13, 2012

Second West Nile death reported in Tarrant County - Fort Worth Star Telegram


West Nile cases

These are the Arlington ZIP codes where human cases of West Nile virus had been reported as of Monday.

76001, 76002, 76006, 76011, 76012, 76013, 76014, 76015, 76016, 76017, 76018, 76019

Source: Tarrant County Public Health Department

FORT WORTH -- A Fort Worth resident in his 80s with underlying medical conditions has become Tarrant County's second person to die of West Nile virus, officials with Tarrant County Public Health said late Monday afternoon.

The news followed an announcement earlier that a 10th person had died of the disease in Dallas County, where aerial spraying for infected mosquitoes was set to commence later this week.Tarrant County has reported 159 confirmed human cases and 60 pools where mosquitoes have tested positive.Cities including Benbrook, Euless, Hurst, Westover Hills, North Richland Hills and Grand Prairie have sprayed to kill mosquitoes.Late last week, Dallas County declared a public health emergency after it reached at least 175 human cases.As a result, the county is seeking a disaster declaration from the state while also requesting resources to help control the virus.Health officials urge residents to avoid the outdoors around dawn and dusk, to use a mosquito repellent with DEET if they do venture outside, and to drain standing water on their property.Patrick M. Walker, 817-390-7423Twitter: @patrickmwalker1

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