Person who died matched profile for those at highest risk
As of today, there are 48 confirmed human cases of West Nile in Travis County. The person who died did match the Center for Disease Control’s profile for those at highest risk of severe illness--over 50 years of age.
“It is always difficult to lose a member of our community,” said Carlos Rivera, Director-Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department. “We’ve experienced the most active West Nile season in our country’s history. It’s also important to remember that most people who become infected with West Nile Virus show no symptoms. We urge everyone to do their part to get rid of any standing water on their property that could be used as a breeding ground for mosquitoes and comply with the four D’s.”
Dusk and Dawn- Stay indoors during dusk and dawn. That’s the time when mosquitoes likely to carry the infection are most active.
Dress: Wear pants and long sleeves when you are outside, especially in mosquito-infested areas.
DEET: Apply insect repellent that contains DEET. Read and follow label instructions. Spray both exposed skin and clothing with repellent.
Drain: Get rid of standing water in your yard and neighborhood. Old tires, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters leaky pipes and faucets, birdbaths and wading pools can be breeding sites for mosquitos.
The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department is collaborating with the Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control to aggressively monitor and investigate all reported human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV). Additionally, the department’s Rodent and Vector Program monitors daily for the presence of WNV in mosquitoes throughout Austin and Travis County. The department is continually evaluating the need for any additional strategies, including spraying, that would be effective in protecting public health in this situation.
Symptoms of West Nile Virus include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These symptoms may last from a few days to several weeks and neurological effects may be permanent.