Dallas County First West Nile Death 2018

11 August, 2018, 06:36 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • Last year 26 people contracted the virus and two died in Dallas County

Dallas County sees it's first death from West Nile Virus spread by mosquito bites. The patient lived in the 75229 ZIP code area north of Love Field Airport.

The West Nile virus is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. In addition to human cases, one horse, 10 birds and 34 mosquito pools have also tested positive for WNV. Symptoms include: fever, headache and muscle aches.

Dallas County in Texas is the latest community in the US to report West Nile virus cases during 2018. This makes it important for residents to evaluate yards on a weekly basis and eliminate standing water.

- Use insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or permethrin and apply to clothing when outdoors.


The West Nile virus program includes larviciding at catch basins.

Most cases of West Nile virus infection were registered in Dolj (5), Olt (4), Iasi (4), Braila (2), and Ilfov (2) counties. Fever generally resolves itself without treatment, but unsafe brain infections such as encephalitis or meningitis can develop in 1 out of 150 people.

Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes are most active.

People older than 50 are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus. The Agency of Agriculture identifies locations, sets up the traps and takes samples, and the Department of Health conducts the testing and prepares the prevention awareness programs. They are monitoring and treating standing water in public areas as part of a pest management program.

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