DENTON - The first human case of West Nile virus in 2012 has been confirmed in Denton County, according to the Denton County Health Department (DCHD).
The case was found in the southern portion of unincorporated Denton County. For patient confidentiality reason, no further personal information will be released.
It is the first case of West Nile reported in Denton County in two years.
DCHD Chief Epidemiologist Juan Rodriguez said in a news release, "this report is a little earlier than we normally see West Nile virus in Denton County", but clarifies that "single reports of early onset of human illness do not necessarily indicate that an unusually heavy West Nile virus season is ahead of us."
Not every mosquito bite causes the illness, and less than one percent of bites from mosquitoes that do have the virus cause serious illness, Rodriguez said.
To reduce risk of West Nile, residents should drain standing water around their homes, wear pants and long sleeves in mosquito-infested areas, apply insect repellent that contains DEET, and stay indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.