TRAVIS COUNTY Six here have died from West Nile virus
With the peak of the nation’s worst West Nile virus season over, 86 people have died in Texas from the virus, including six in Travis County. The sixth person to succumb to the more severe neurological form of the disease, on Nov. 2, was over age 50, a risk factor for complications from West Nile.
Though the Austin/ Travis County Health and Human Services Department announced two other West Nile deaths the same week, it did not notify reporters of the additional death at the time. The news was posted on its website, spokeswoman Carole Barasch said.
Overall, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 5,387 cases of West Nile virus disease, including 243 deaths. Texas had more cases, 1,834, and more deaths than any other state.
West Nile cases have declined since late fall, but the state health department still receives reports of four or five new cases a day. Officials urge precautions to continue, including spraying with DEET and removing standing water.