Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Dallas County Reports First West Nile Virus Death Of The Year

Celia Hoffman | 08 August, 2018, 13:07

Dallas County reported its first West Nile Virus death of 2018 on Tuesday.

The person who died lived in the 75229 zip code in northwest Dallas, according to the health department. No other details were released for privacy reasons.

Last year, 26 people contracted the virus and two died in Dallas County.

The treatment is meant to decrease the mosquito population and minimize the risk of transmission of West Nile Virus. However, the majority of people infected with the virus do not get sick.

Symptoms of West Nile include joint pain, headaches, muscle aches, nausea and a stiff neck.

More news: 2 birds killed by hail at Colorado zoo

Use insect repellent containing DEET when outside.

Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace.

The product used will be a mosquito pesticide called Zenivex E20, which kills adult mosquitoes, but is not harmful to people and pets.

Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes are most active.

The disease can be spread to humans and animals.

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