Denton County reports Seventeenth and Eighteenth West Nile Virus Human Cases
October 17, 2016 – Denton County Public Health (DCPH) is reporting the seventeenth and eighteenth human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) for 2016 in Denton County. The 17th case is a resident of Carrollton and was diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease (WNND). The 18th case is a resident of Carrollton and was diagnosed with West Nile Fever.
Chief Epidemiologist Juan Rodriguez reminds residents to reduce their risks of acquiring WNV. “Individuals can continue to help prevent mosquito bites by draining standing water around their homes, dressing appropriately and using DEET or other EPA-approved repellents” he indicated.
Residents should take the following steps to reduce their risk of getting WNV:
- Drain standing water around their homes to reduce mosquito breeding grounds. Consider use of BTI briquettes (or mosquito dunks) in water that cannot be drained, such as small ponds and drinking troughs.
- Be aware of mosquitoes during times that they are active, Dawn, Daytime, Dusk and evening hours.
- Apply an insect repellent that contains DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) to exposed skin and to clothing when outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends Picaridin (KBR 3023).
- Dress in pants and long sleeves when outside and/or wear permethrin-treated clothing.
Please visit the DCPH West Nile Virus website (dentoncounty.com/WNV) for extensive information, including tips for reducing mosquitoes around the home, frequently asked questions, and printable flyers and posters.