DALLAS (AP) -- Two more deaths have brought the Texas West Nile fever death toll to at least 33 this year.
Montague (mahn-TAYG’) County officials reported this week that a 75-year-old Bowie man died Aug. 12. Meanwhile, health officials say a Nueces (noo-AY’-sehs) County woman described as between 45 and 60 years old died Monday of West Nile fever.
Both were said to have had underlying medical conditions.
Texas has been a hotbed of West Nile fever spread by a virus carried by mosquitoes. At least 20 of the 33 reported Texas deaths have occurred in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with at least 12 in Dallas County alone.
Mosquitoes spread the virus from birds to people. Severe symptoms including neck stiffness, disorientation, coma and paralysis.