West Nile Death Confirmed

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

A deadly mosquito bite in Ector County may have you running out for insect repellent. Health Department officials confirm an autopsy proved a death in September was a direct result of the West Nile Virus.

"Its taken a while to do an autopsy and confirm, what was actually diagnosed as a death," Kathy Parker, BS Zoonosis Control Specialist.

There are also two other confirmed cases, in the basin, of West Nile that didn't result in death. Despite the death connected to the virus cooler weather will mean fewer mosquitos, but there are still measures you can take to protect yourself.

"I think what people need to take from this is that anybody who got really sick or died of West Nile, never wore insect repellent. So you can avoid this by doing this very easy preventative method," said Parker, "We can't not kill all the mosquitos, it's impossible, you can spray and spray and spray it's not going to get them all. The only thing you can do is where insect repellent."