West Nile virus claims one life in McLennan County

Posted at 10:16 AM, Sep 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-02 11:31:49-04

The West Nile Virus has claimed one life in McLennan County.

According to the Waco-McLennan county Public Health District, details about the man who died are not being released at this time for privacy.

The health district urges residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes and the serious diseases they can carry. 

Although the weather is beginning to cool, there is still a risk for West Nile Virus. Mosquito season will continue for at least another two months. It is important to use insect repellant during outdoor activities, especially in the morning and evening. 

Symptoms of West Nile include:

  • Fever 
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Possible rash
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The health district added to protect yourself using the four D's: Defend (use mosquito repellant regularly), Drain (drain any standing or stagnant water), Say and Night (different mosquitos bite at different parts of the day), Dress (wear long sleeves and pants). 

The Health District works with McLennan County and the cities within the county to eliminate mosquito breeding sites by monitoring municipal properties for stagnant water and other potential mosquito habitats.   

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