Two more deaths due to West Nile Virus reported in Travis County

The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department (A/TCHHSD) has confirmed the deaths of two Travis County residents from West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease, a more serious form of West Nile Virus. The two people who died did match the CDC’s profile for those at highest risk of severe illness--over 50 years of age with underlying health conditions.

The deaths occurred on 10/31/2012 and 11/6/2012. Onset of illness occurred 9/21/2012 and 9/17/2012. Until July of this year, Travis County had not had any reported cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in humans since 2008 with the last reported WNV fatalities in 2007. Since July, the A/TCHHSD Epidemiology and Health Statistics Unit has investigated 142 reported confirmed and probable cases of WNV. That number includes the most recently reported deaths. Thus far this year Travis County has confirmed 5 human deaths attributed to West Nile Virus. Cooler weather has led to a significant decrease in mosquito activity in recent weeks. The last onset of human illness was reported on October 10, 2012.

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