Dallas County Health and Human Services officials confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in the county for the 2016 season.
The patient, who will not be identified due to medical confidentiality and privacy reasons, lives in Irving in the 75060 zip code. The individual was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease.
“Our mosquito surveillance program and the county and municipal abatement teams are taking appropriate actions to ensure the safety of our residents. However, it is important for residents to take the necessary precautions,” Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director said in a statement.
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The best way to avoid exposure to West Nile Virus is to avoid mosquito bites.
Residents should use the 4Ds to reduce their risk:
- Deet All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellents that contain Deet or other EPA approved repellents and follow instructions.Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.
- Drain: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace.
- Dusk & Dawn: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
“Since there is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatments for WNV infection, residents should adhere to preventive measures to protect themselves and their loved ones,” Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS medical director/health authority said in a statement.