Dallas County Reports 2nd Human West Nile Virus Case

The second human case of West Nile virus in Dallas County for the 2016 season has been confirmed Friday.

The Dallas County Health and Human Services said the infected person lives in the 75216 ZIP code – located in east Oak Cliff – and has the more serious neuroinvasive form of the disease.

Additional information about the person has not been released.

Last month, DCHHS said the first human case of West Nile virus in Dallas County involved an Irving resident in the 75060 ZIP code.

Tarrant County health officials confirmed their first human West Nile virus case of the season on Wednesday.

How to Protect Yourself From Mosquito Bites
  • Dress in long sleeves, pants when outside: For extra protection, spray thin clothing with repellent.
  • DEET: Make sure this ingredient is in your insect repellent.
  • Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood: Mosquitoes can develop in any water stagnant for more than three days.

It has been recommended in the past that to avoid mosquito bites you should avoid being outdoors during Dusk and Dawn (the 4 Ds). While this is true for mosquitoes that commonly carry the West Nile virus, other types of mosquitoes that are more likely to carry Zika, dengue and chikungunya are active during the day. When outdoors, no matter what time of day, adjust your dress accordingly and wear insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus as your first line of defense against insect bites.

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