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West Nile Death Confirmed In Williamson County

Updated: Friday, September 7 2012, 12:43 PM CDT

Health officials in Williamson County say the West Nile virus has killed an elderly woman.

According to the Williamson County and Cities Health District, the woman was over 90-years-old.

This is the first West Nile Virus related death in Williamson County for 2012. A total of six West Nile cases have been reported in Williamson County this year.  Two cases were reported in July and four others were reported and confirmed this month. 

Only five cases of West Nile have been reported in Williamson County since 2002, according to county health officials.

The best way to prevent West Nile virus disease is to avoid mosquito bites.   Protect yourself by doing the following:

  • Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. 
  • Wear long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors.  Use air conditioning, if you have it.
  • Empty standing water from items outside your home such as flowerpots, buckets, and kiddie pools.
West Nile Virus Information Resources:

Texas Department of State Health Services West Nile Information:
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/westnile/information/special/
Annual summaries of West Nile Statistics in Texas:
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/westnile/statistics/annual/default/West Nile Death Confirmed In Williamson County


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