Denton County reports 11th human case of West Nile Virus this year

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A Lewisville resident is the 11th person to be diagnosed with West Nile Virus in Denton County this year, according to Denton County Public Health.

The West Nile Fever patient was reported by the county on Wednesday.

Juan Rodriguez, assistant director and chief epidemiologist with DCPH, recommends that residents remain proactive to minimize exposure to mosquitoes.

“As temperatures begin to drop, it is still important to continue mosquito precautions used in warmer months,” he said in the news release.

The county recommended residents 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 beeliminated.
  • 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.

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