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West Nile virus case reported in Argyle

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West NileDenton County health officials reported three new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV), bringing the total number of cases to 14 so far this year.

The 12th case is a resident of Argyle who was diagnosed with West Nile Fever. The 13th case is a resident of unincorporated Denton County near Krum who was diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. The 14th case is a resident of unincorporated Denton County near Ponder who was diagnosed with West Nile Fever.

Argyle residents can request larvicide to help control the mosquito population by contacting the Public Works Department at 940-464-3449.

Residents should take the following steps to reduce their risk of getting WNV:

  • Drain standing water around their homes to reduce mosquito breeding grounds. Consider use of BTI briquettes (or mosquito dunks) in water that cannot be drained, such as small ponds and drinking troughs.
  • Be aware of mosquitoes during times that they are active, Dawn, Daytime, Dusk and evening hours.
  • Apply an insect repellent that contains DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) to exposed skin and to clothing when outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends Picaridin (KBR 3023).
  • Dress in pants and long sleeves when outside and/or wear permethrin-treated clothing.

Please visit the DCPH West Nile Virus website for extensive information, including tips for reducing mosquitoes around the home, frequently asked questions, and printable flyers and posters.

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