Friday, September 24, 2021

Flower Mound resident diagnosed with West Nile Fever

A Flower Mound resident who resides in Glenwick Estates has been diagnosed with West Nile Fever, according to Denton County Public Health on Monday.

It’s the third human case of West Nile Virus in Denton County this year.

Dr. Matt Richardson, DCPH Director, recommended residents take a proactive approach to minimizing exposure to mosquitos, according to a county news release.

“We encourage residents to remain vigilant about eliminating common mosquito sources and defending themselves through utilization of EPA-approved repellant and dressing in clothing that limits skin exposure,” Richardson said in a prepared statement.

Residents should take the following steps to minimize risk of contracting

  • 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.

Visit the DCPH West Nile Virus website for additional information including frequently asked questions, the latest news, and facts about WNV.

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

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