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Dallas County Reports 3rd Human Case of West Nile Virus of 2015

Dallas County health officials are reporting the county's third human case of West Nile virus of the 2015 season Wednesday.

The person lives in the 75214 zip code, which is near White Rock Lake, and was diagnosed with the more serious West Nile neuroinvasive disease, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services.

Symptoms of West Nile neuroinvasive disease include neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. The neuroinvasive form of the disease can be deadly.

Last week, health officials said a Tarrant County resident was pronounced dead from West Nile virus.

They said the person, who lived in the northeast part of Tarrant County, had other underlying medical conditions.

Dallas County reported its first human case of West Nile fever for the 2015 season on July 21 and the second case on Aug. 7.

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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