The Collin County Health Department has confirmed two additional cases of West Nile virus in humans in Plano Wednesday.
The patients live in zip codes 75024 and 75075. No further information about the patients will be released, due to confidentiality reasons.
The cases bring the total number of cases reported in Plano to seven.
"Plano’s Environmental Health Department continues to utilize the City’s Integrated Pest Management program by providing habitat reduction strategies to the public, monitoring for mosquito activity and applying mosquito larvicide and spray abatement measures," the city said in a news release Wednesday.
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.