TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Just last week CBS 11 News learned that officials in Tarrant County adopted a new policy where they don’t notify the media about confirmed human cases of the West Nile virus. They only relay information when a death occurs — and one has.

Public health officials are reporting the first Tarrant County 2013 death associated with West Nile.

The victim was a man from south Fort Worth who also had other underlying medical conditions. The man, who was in his 30s, was one of four human cases of WNV previously reported.

Health officials stress that everyone is at risk of being affected by West Nile, but said people age 50 and older are at a higher risk of developing a severe infection.

Though Fall has officially begun, health officials are still urging residents to adhere to the five D’s when it comes to controlling the presence of mosquitoes that transmit West Nile.

  • DRAIN—all areas of standing water including changing water in wading pools, birdbaths, and cleaning out gutters;
  • DEET—Use bug spray and protect clothing with repellents containing permethrin or DEET;
  • DRESS—Dress in light- colored clothing with long sleeves and wear long pants;
  • DUSK/DAWN—Limit outdoor exposure at dusk and dawn;
  • DOORS—Keep door and window screens in good repair

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