Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Denton County reports second human case of West Nile Virus

A second person who lives in Denton County has been diagnosed with West Nile Fever, according to Denton County Public Health.

The resident lives in unincorporated Denton County east of Lewisville, according to the Wednesday news release from the county.

Juan Rodriguez, assistant director and chief epidemiologist at DCPH, urged residents to take a proactive approach to minimizing exposure to mosquitos.

“It is important for residents to adhere to recommended precautions,” Rodriguez said in a prepared statement. “We encourage residents to drain standing water surrounding their homes, wear clothing that limits skin exposure, and utilize EPA-approved repellant when outdoors.”

This is the second human case of West Nile Virus in Denton County in 2017. About a month ago, DCPH reported the first case in a Little Elm resident.

The news release said 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.

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Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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