KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new report issued today by the Missouri Department of Health said a Jackson County, Missouri resident has died of West Nile.
The report comes after concerns about the lack of county-level data available for West Nile virus.
“In this instance, DHSS staff correctly identified the fatality by county in the current online report, but had misinterpreted a fatality report leading to inaccurate information being shared both internally and to the public. We have implemented measures to prevent this in the future, including changes in how data elements are communicated internally,” said Kerri Tesreau, Director of the Division of Community and Public Health, in a news release.
West Nile prevention information is available on the CDC’s website.