Dallas County Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus in 2021

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Dallas County Health and Human Services reported Friday the archetypal quality lawsuit of West Nile microorganism this twelvemonth successful Dallas County is simply a nonmigratory of the 75231 ZIP Code.

"The confirmation of the archetypal quality lawsuit of the West Nile microorganism present successful Dallas County this twelvemonth is yet different reminder of the value of nationalist wellness successful our assemblage - successful particular, the request to instrumentality steps to debar mosquito bites and to trim mosquito populations," Dr. Philip Huang, the manager of DCHHS, said successful a property release.

In 2020, Dallas County reported a important summation successful WNV illness prevalence with 20 quality cases, 5 fatalities and 498 affirmative mosquito tests. 

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The archetypal quality lawsuit of West Nile past twelvemonth came connected Aug. 6.

Mosquito samples successful Cedar Hill, Dallas, Highland Park, Mesquite and University Park person tested affirmative for West Nile this year, starring to sporadic spraying.

No different accusation astir the archetypal quality lawsuit was released for aesculapian confidentiality and idiosyncratic privateness reasons, the DCHHS said.

"The champion mode to debar vulnerability to mosquito-borne diseases is to debar mosquito bites by practicing the Four Ds," Huang said.

For much accusation astir spraying and to find whether your vicinity has been sprayed, you tin sojourn the DCHHS website here.

How to Protect Yourself From Mosquito Bites

  • Dress in agelong sleeves, pants erstwhile outside: For other protection, spray bladed covering with repellent.
  • DEET: Make definite this constituent is successful your insect repellent.
  • Drain standing h2o successful your gait and neighborhood: Mosquitoes tin make successful immoderate h2o stagnant for much than 3 days.

It has been recommended successful the past that to debar mosquito bites you should debar being outdoors during Dusk and Dawn (the 4 Ds). While this is existent for mosquitoes that commonly transportation the West Nile virus, different types of mosquitoes that are much apt to transportation Zika, dengue and chikungunya are progressive during the day. When outdoors, nary substance what clip of day, set your formal accordingly and deterioration insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin oregon lipid of citrus eucalyptus arsenic your archetypal enactment of defence against insect bites

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