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West Nile death confirmed in East Texas

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 4:52pm

Health officials confirm the West Nile virus has killed one person in Cherokee County.

According to county spokeswoman Rhonda Jones, authorities were notified of the death on Tuesday.

A total of four people have contracted the virus in Cherokee County-- two with West Nile fever and two with West Nile neuroinvasive disease. The patient who died suffered from the latter.

Jones says the victims was "immunocompromised." The person's name, age, sex and residence has not been released.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is asking the public to be aware of the "Four D's:"

  1. Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  2. Dress in long sleeves and long pants when you are outside.
  3. Stay indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  4. Drain standing water where mosquitoes breed. Common breeding sites include old tires, flowerpots and clogged rain gutters.

 

As of Wednesday afternoon, the only Cherokee County towns to spray for West Nile are Jacksonville and Bullard.
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