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First West Nile-associated death of 2017 reported in Tarrant County

The first death of the year associated with the mosquito-borne West Nile virus in Tarrant County has been reported.
The first death of the year associated with the mosquito-borne West Nile virus in Tarrant County has been reported. Purdue University

The first death associated with the West Nile virus in Tarrant County this year has been reported, health officials said Monday.

The victim was an older person with underlying health problems, according to a news release from Tarrant County Public Health.

The first human case of the mosquito-borne virus was reported in the county last month, about three weeks earlier than the first case last year. There were two West Nile-associated deaths in 2016.

This year, Tarrant County saw its earliest positive West Nile sample, on April 13 in Grapevine. It was the earliest positive sample since testing began after the 2012 West Nile outbreak.

Did you know a soda can filled with water is big enough to be a breeding ground for 20 mosquitoes. Kelly Hanes of the Tarrant County Public Health office provides important tips to keep the mosquitoes away this summer.

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