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Garland Confirms 11th West Nile Case

Garland sprays in patient neighborhood

By Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012  |  Updated 3:38 PM CDT
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Garland Confirms 11th West Nile Case

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The Garland Health Department has confirmed an 11th human case of West Nile virus in the city.

The patient lives on the 2400-block of Sahara Drive. Further information about the patient will not be released.

The Garland Health Department sprayed the surrounding area on the night of Aug. 6 to reduce the adult mosquito population.

So far this summer, 38 mosquito pools throughout Garland have tested positive for the virus.

Garland residents are requested to report standing water to the mosquito control hotline at 972-205-3720.

West Nile Virus Facts

Most people bitten by a West Nile virus-infected mosquito will not show any symptoms. Symptoms, if they appear, are fever, headache, nausea, body aches, swollen lymph nodes and skin rashes.

Fewer than 1 percent of those infected with West Nile virus experience the serious form of the illness. Serious symptoms include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, tremors or convulsions, vision loss, muscle weakness and numbness or paralysis.

Both Dallas and Richardson are urging residents to:

 

  •     Drain standing water around their homes to reduce mosquito breeding grounds.
  •     Dress in pants and long sleeves when outside, but avoid becoming too hot.
  •     Apply an insect repellent that contains DEET to exposed skin and to clothing when outdoors.
  •     Stay indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.


West Nile Virus:
Click here for complete coverage of the outbreak of West Nile virus in North Texas. Find updated numbers of human cases, spraying schedules, and more FAQs about the disease.

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