Argyle reports first human case of West Nile

The Town of Argyle on Thursday reported its first human case of West Nile virus this year and is taking steps to assist in the control of mosquitoes.

An individual on the northwest side of town was infected with West Nile Fever, the milder form of the disease, according to Town Manager Charles West.

“Our workers have been placing dunks in any standing bodies of water and will continue to do so through the remainder of the year,” said West.  “We do have dunks available at town hall for anyone would like them.”

The town is also taking action to have the area of the reported case sprayed for precautionary measures.

West said residents should follow the four “D’s”  to reduce their risk of the disease: Stay indoors during Dawn and Dusk because that’s when mosquitoes are most active. Dress in long sleeves and pants when you are outside. Use repellent that includes DEET in the ingredients. Drain standing water in your yard to avoid mosquitoes breeding.

Additionally, West said that residents should keep weeds, tall grass, and bushes trimmed, since these are prime resting grounds for mosquitoes.

Denton County Chief Epidemiologist Juan Rodriguez stressed that residents can play a large role in reducing their risk.

“It is important for residents to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites by minimizing outdoor exposure during peak mosquito activity, dressing appropriately and using DEET or other EPA-approved repellents,” said Rodriguez.

West Nile virus first appeared in Denton County in 2002. There were 184 human cases, including 2 deaths reported to health officials in the 2012 season.

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