(August 6, 2012)—West Nile virus has claimed a second life in Central Texas, health officials confirmed Monday.
The most recent death occurred in Bell County, the Bell County Public Health District said Monday afternoon.
The case was one of two confirmed in the county, health officials said.
Earlier an 80-year-old McLennan County resident died from the virus, the McLennan County Public Health District said.
A total of 13 cases of West Nile Virus have been confirmed in McLennan County.
Elderly and people with compromised immune systems are at a greater risk for severe complications.
Symptoms include fever, severe headaches, confusion, disorientation, and muscle weakness.
To help prevent the virus the Health District recommends eliminating any standing water that may provide a place for mosquitoes to breed and staying inside in the late evening and early morning hours when mosquitoes feed.
Those who plan to be outside should wear long sleeves and long pants and should use a repellent that contains DEET.