Denton County reports its seventh human case of West Nile Virus this year

Denton County reported Thursday its seventh human case of West Nile Virus for 2017, according to a county news release.

The resident lives in The Colony and was diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease, according to the county. At least two of the previous human cases this year involve resident of Flower Mound.

“While not every mosquito carries the virus, West Nile illness is present in Denton County,” said Juan Rodriguez, assistant director and chief epidemiologist with Denton County Public Health. “We encourage residents to reduce their risk by adhering to the recommended precautions, including eliminating common backyard mosquito sources and utilizing EPA-approved repellant.”

The county 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 mosquitoes 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 additional information about West Nile Virus from the county.

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

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