Tarrant Co. reports first human WNV case of 2016
The first human case of West Nile Virus in 2016 has been confirmed in Tarrant County by Tarrant County Public Health.
Officials have identified the case as being the severe form, known as neuroinvasive. The patient resides in Bedford. No other details are being released pertaining to the case because of patient identity protection.
The first human case of WNV was reported by Tarrant County Public Health in Tarrant County on July 31.For the year, there were 30 human WNV cases reported, including two deaths.
Symptoms of the mild form of the disease, known as West Nile Fever, include headache, fever, muscle and joint aches, nausea and fatigue. Patients typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks.
Symptoms of the more severe form include neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. This form of the disease can be deadly.
Residents are being encouraged by health officials to take measures to safeguard against the disease. Residents should routinely dump standing water on their property, use EPA-approved insect repellent and dress in long-sleeved shirts and pants when possible.