Human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Garland

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Human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Garland

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Posted on September 9, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 9 at 5:08 PM

GARLAND -- The city of Garland said in a news release Monday the first human case of West Nile virus this season has been confirmed by the city's health department.

However, that case has not been officially confirmed by the state, which increased their standards this year to declare a case "official," as News 8 reported in June.

If it meets state guidelines, it would be the sixth human case of West Nile in Dallas County this season.

The Garland Health Department received confirmation Monday that an individual who lives in the 2900 block of Newburyport Avenue (ZIP code 75044) had tested positive for West Nile. No other patient information was released.

Garland will spray for mosquitoes on Monday night between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. (weather permitting) to minimize risk of additional infections, according to a city press release. Residents can see a map depicting where West Nile has been detected and what areas have been sprayed on this webpage.

The human case was the first in the city of Garland this season.

The health department reminds residents to use mosquito repellent with DEET, dress in long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk, and drain any standing water on their property.

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