Dallas County Reports First West Nile Virus Death Of The Year

Lynette PayneAug 09, 2018

So far this mosquito season, about four dozen mosquito traps - in Addison, Balch Springs, Coppell, Dallas, DeSoto, Garland, Highland Park, Irving, Mesquite, Richardson, Rowlett and University Park - have captured mosquitoes with the virus, according to DCHHS.

Between 70 percent and 80 percent of people that become infected with West Nile Virus do not develop any symptoms. West Nile is most frequently spread through mosquito bites.

The health district said mosquito testing, which began in June is expected to continue through the late fall.

Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.

Drain any standing water in your yard.

Take extra protection measures at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Clean your gutters and flush birdbaths or fountains once a week.

There is new evidence of West Nile virus in Perth County.

It has been reported to the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit that mosquitoes collected from three traps last week in the Dresden, Blenheim and North West Chatham areas have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Use insect repellent containing DEET when outside. Of the 26 Dallas County residents infected past year, two died from the mosquito-borne illness.

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