Denton County reports Twelfth, Thirteenth and Fourteenth West Nile Virus Human Cases
September 22, 2016 – Denton County Public Health (DCPH) is reporting its twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) for 2016 in Denton County. The 12th case is a resident of Argyle and was diagnosed with West Nile Fever. The 13th case is a resident of an unincorporated Denton County near Krum and was diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease (WNND). The 14th case is a resident of unincorporated Denton County near Ponder 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.