Travis County reports first West Nile death since 2003
by KJCE Staff,posted Jul 31 2012 12:10PM
Health officials on Tuesday confirmed the first death from the West Nile virus since 2003.
The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department conducted the investigation. Officials say the victim was over 50 years old. This death is the first in the Austin area rom the virus since 2003, when two people died.
The Epidemiology and Health Statistics Unit says it is currently investigating three cases of West Nile virus in the Austin area. One patient was hospitalized and is now recovering.
Officials say the best way to avoid the virus is to eliminate standing water in your yard and around your neighborhood.