The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed the first West Nile death of a human this year in Nueces County on Tuesday.
According to health officials, after being hospitalized, a female patient between the age of 45-60 died on Monday, Aug. 27.
The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District has issued a public health alert, upgrading Nueces County to Risk Level 4, meaning a higher probability of human outbreak of West Nile virus.
In Texas, the virus has been confirmed in 783 reported human cases, resulting in a total of 31 deaths this year. So far, there have been three human cases in Nueces County.
The best way to protect yourself against West Nile is to remember the four D's:
- Use insect repellents containing DEET
- Dress in long sleeves and long pants
- Stay indoors at Dusk and Dawn, when mosquitoes are most active
- Drain standing water, which can act as mosquito breeding sites