Dallas County Reports First West Nile Virus Death Of The Year

Last year 26 people contracted the virus and two died in Dallas County

Last year 26 people contracted the virus and two died in Dallas County

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. DCHHS did not disclose any additional details in order to protect the person's privacy.

A county resident was released from a local medical facility after being admitted for West Nile virus-like symptoms.

The treatment is meant to decrease the mosquito population and minimize the risk of transmission of West Nile Virus. In North America, that means that mosquito season - extending from the late spring through the fall - is West Nile season.

"Positive and suspected West Nile cases are a reminder that preventative measures are important", said Dr. Faisal Khan, director of the department. Approximately 20 percent who become infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.

Mosquito bites can transmit the virus.

Scott Sawlis of Dallas County Health and Human Services demonstrates a mosquito trap.

Residents can reduce the opportunity for mosquitoes to breed and multiply. It's now been detected in Ada County.

Use insect repellent containing DEET when outside.

Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes are most active.

At this point previous year, DCHHS had reported six West Nile infections.

Since 2000, 134 cases of the virus have been diagnosed in CT residents and three people have died after being infected with the virus.

Lyttle added people are most at risk of contracting West Nile virus during the months of July and August.

Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014.

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