First West Nile death of 2018 in Dallas County reported, officials confirm

First West Nile death of 2018 in Dallas County reported, officials confirm

First West Nile death of 2018 in Dallas County reported, officials confirm

A mosquito trap in Drumbo tested positive for the virus during routine surveillance.

Residents are reminded to protect themselves against mosquito bites to avoid West Nile virus.

So far in 2018, DCHHS has reported three West Nile virus infections.

Anyone who believes they, or someone they know, has West Nile Virus, should consult a healthcare provider for evaluation and diagnosis.

The county's Health Unit reports that mosquitoes taken from a trap in the southeastern part of Mitchell have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The health district said mosquito testing, which began in June is expected to continue through the late fall.

People older than 50 are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus. Prior to previous year, there had been no positive human cases since in the region since 2006.

Symptoms usually develop between two and 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Minimize time spent outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. Symptoms, which include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches, may last from a few days to a few weeks.

Wear clothing made of tightly woven fabric that covers the entire body.

Remove standing water around the home at least once a week to reduce mosquito breeding grounds.

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