Sunday, 19 August, 2018

First case of West Nile virus found in Ada County

Last year 26 people contracted the virus and two died in Dallas County First West Nile death of 2018 in Dallas County reported, officials confirm
Gustavo Carr | 08 August, 2018, 19:08

They say two pools of mosquitoes tested positive for the virus.

Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms at all, or they have flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and fatigue. The majority of Culex mosquitoes breed in standing water and others are found in freshwater and saltwater marshes, lakes and ponds. Test results are reported once a week by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

The first West Nile virus-related death of the year in Dallas County has been reported, the county health department confirmed to WFAA on Tuesday.

The treatment is meant to decrease the mosquito population and minimize the risk of transmission of West Nile Virus.

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There have been three human cases of West Nile virus in the county this year.

Use insect repellent containing DEET when outside.

The abatement district has increased treatments in those areas in an effort to prevent human cases. Of the 26 Dallas County residents infected previous year, two died from the mosquito-borne illness.