Brazoria County Health Department officials are reporting the first death associated with West Nile Virus in the county this year.

Health officials say the death involved a senior adult with underlying medical conditions who resided in the 77531 zip code.

West Nile Virus is a disease that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Health officials say while everyone is at risk of being affected by West Nile Virus, people ages 50 and older are at a higher risk of developing a severe West Nile Virus infection.

Symptoms include flu-like illness, with moderate to high fever (102 degrees or more), severe headache, severe muscle ache or joint pain, severe eye pain, mental changes, fatigue, nausea and respiratory symptoms. People with symptoms should check with their physician.

Brazoria County Health Department is reminding residents to take personal protective measures to safeguard against West Nile Virus which include:

• Use Repellant with DEET: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET or other EPA approved repellents and follow instructions;

• Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside;

• Drain: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace; and

• Dusk & Dawn: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.