Another West Nile case confirmed
By 09/04/2003 00:00:00
Officials: Second death not from West Nile
The Ellis County Press
ENNIS - Another resident has been confirmed as having the mosquito-borne West Nile disease, and officials have also said the second confirmed death was not West Nile-related.
According to Ennis City Manager Steve Howerton and the Texas Department of Health, an elderly man at Ennis Regional Medical Center is the latest to have been
diagnosed with the virus, a disease reported to have claimed the life of another Ennis resident, Nan McKay, July 27.
Officials have not released the name of the latest victim.
Meanwhile, health department officials, according to Howerton, have ruled the death of Felix Mata, the second confirmed West Nile case in Ennis, as having died from 'other causes.'
It was originally reported by other newspapers the second death was West Nile-related; McKay, then, becomes the only death from Ellis County if the health officials keep their latest confirmation.
Some county residents became wary of the latest West Nile reports when Dallas TV stations reported two deaths - not cases - a week before Mata's second death was confirmed.
However, after Mata was confirmed to have the virus, city officials contracted spraying services out to the Dallas Health Department to begin attempts to curb the mosquito problem.
Ellis County officials have also been given pesticide pellets to be used for spraying.
One of the pesticides being used in Ennis has been referred to as 'nerve poison' because some side effects can cause damage to humans nerve cells.
The chemicals have been known to cause eye and skin irritation and rashes, according to health officials.