Dallas County Health Officials Report First Death Related to West Nile Virus
A Far North Dallas resident diagnosed with the county’s first case of West Nile virus this year has died, health officials said.
The patient had underlying medical conditions, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services.
A resident of Dallas’ 75248 ZIP code, the patient was diagnosed July 14 with West Nile neuroinvasive disease, the more debilitating form of the mosquito-borne illness.
The death is the first related to West Nile virus in Dallas County for 2017.
Three people in Dallas County died last year as a result of the virus. In October, a Mesquite resident became the third person of 2016 to die from West Nile virus. A Carrollton resident in his or her 60s died from the virus in August. A Far North Dallas resident in his or her late 50s died as a result of the virus in September.
There is no vaccine or specific treatment for the virus. To reduce the risk of West Nile virus exposure, the health department has several recommendations:
More information is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov and at the Dallas County Health and Human Services website.
Staff writer Nicole Cobler contributed to this report.