West Nile Virus Press Release
Denton County reports Fifth West Nile Virus Human Case
August 16, 2016 – Denton County Public Health (DCPH) is reporting its fifth human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) for 2016 in Denton County. The resident lives inunincorporated Denton County near Northlake and was diagnosed with West Nile Fever.
Chief Epidemiologist Juan Rodriguez stresses that residents can continue to reduce their risks of acquiring WNV. “Individuals can help prevent mosquito bites by draining standing water around their homes, dressing appropriately and using DEET or other EPA-approved repellents,” he states.
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.