Denton County reports 10th human case of West Nile Virus this year

Denton County Public Health reported Tuesday that it has identified the county’s 10th human case of West Nile Virus in 2017. The Frisco resident was diagnosed with West Nile Fever, according to a county news release.

At least two of the other nine human cases involved Flower Mound residents.

Juan Rodriguez, assistant director and chief epidemiologist with DCPH, recommended that residents take a proactive approach to minimizing exposure to mosquitoes.

“While not every mosquito carries the virus, West Nile illness continues to be present in Denton County,” Rodriguez said in a prepared statement. “We encourage residents to remain vigilant about adhering to recommended precautions, including utilizing EPA-approved repellant and limiting skin exposure when outdoors.”

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 more information about WNV from the county.

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

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