Denton County reports Tenth and Eleventh West Nile Virus Human Cases
September 14, 2016 – Denton County Public Health (DCPH) is reporting its tenth and eleventh human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) for 2016 in Denton County. The 10th case is a resident of unincorporated Denton County near Ponder and was diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease (WNND). The 11th case is a resident of unincorporated Denton County near Justin and was diagnosed with WNND.
Chief Epidemiologist Juan Rodriguez stresses that residents should continue to reduce their risks of acquiring WNV. “Individuals can help prevent mosquito bites by continuing to drain 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:
- Drainstanding 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 containsDEET (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).
- Dressin 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.