Health officials: 2 Dallas residents have West Nile virus

West Nile virus

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Students from the University of North Texas Health Science Center examine mosquitoes caught in traps set up at Fort Worth fire stations to monitor the spread of West Nile virus.

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Posted on July 18, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 18 at 10:02 AM

DALLAS -- Two people in Dallas have tested positive for West Nile virus.

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) said Friday that these are the first two people to catch the virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, in Dallas this year.

“We want our residents to know the mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus are here and they’re active,” DCHHS director Zachary Thompson said. “Our mosquito surveillance program and the county and municipal abatement teams are taking appropriate actions to ensure the safety of our residents. However, it is important for residents to take the necessary precautions.”

One of the Dallas residents with "West Nile fever" lives in the 75019 zip code; the other lives in 75230. 

The DCHHS says you should follow the 4Ds to reduce catching West Nile:

  • DEET : Wear insect repellent containing DEET all day, every day
  • DRESS: Wear long and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing
  • DRAIN: Don't leave standing water alone around your home
  • DUSK & DAWN: Try to avoid going outside during dusk and dawn hours

“Since there is no vaccine or antiviral treatment for WNV infection, residents should adhere to preventive measures to protect themselves and their loved ones,” Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS medical director/health authority, said.

For more information go here.

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