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Denton County reports first human case of West Nile of 2017

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The Denton County Public Health reported its first human case of West Nile Virus of 2017, according to a Thursday news release.

The Little Elm resident has been diagnosed with West Nile Fever, a type of West Nile Virus disease that does not cause symptoms in 70-80 percent of people who get it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 20 percent of people develop mild symptoms, and about 1 percent develop serious neurologic illness.

“It is important for residents to proactively take steps to minimize exposure,” said Denton County Chief Epidemiologist Juan Rodriguez in a prepared statement. “We encourage residents to drain standing water surrounding their homes and utilize EPA-approved repellant when outdoors.”

According to the news release, residents should take the following steps to minimize risk of contracting WNV:

  • Drain standing water around your home, such as bird baths or pet dishes. Consider the use of BTI briquettes (or mosquito dunks) in standing water that cannot be eliminated.
  • Be aware of mosquitos during active times between dusk and dawn.
  • Defend yourself by using insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus when outdoors.  Use repellant as directed on label instructions.
  • Dress in long-sleeves, pants, and socks when outside to reduce skin exposure.

Click here for more information from Denton County Public Health, including frequently asked questions, the latest news and resources surrounding common backyard mosquito sources.

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