DALLAS (AP) — Dallas County is reporting another death from West Nile virus, bringing the total in Texas' hardest hit county to 14. There have been at least 46 deaths statewide from West Nile this year.
Dallas County health officials confirmed the latest death Thursday. Also Thursday, health officials in El Paso County confirmed a second death there.
This is the worst year ever for West Nile in Texas, which has seen about half of the nation's death from the illness. The deaths in Texas have now exceeded the 2003 record of 40.
Officials say there are indications that August marked the peak, but since symptoms can take two weeks to appear, reporting cases lags behind when people became infected.
Mosquitoes spread the virus to people they bite.