Denton County Public Health (DCPH) is reporting the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Denton County this year. The community member lives in Lewisville and was diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. To protect patient confidentiality, no further personal information will be released.
Juan Rodriguez, DCPH Assistant Director and Chief Epidemiologist, recommends residents take a proactive approach to minimizing exposure to mosquitoes. “We encourage residents to remain vigilant about eliminating common mosquito sources and defending themselves through utilization of EPA-registered repellent,” he states.
DCPH advises residents take the following steps to minimize risk of contracting WNV:
- Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood to minimize mosquito breeding sites such as bird baths, flowerpots, and clogged rain gutters. Consider the use of BTI briquettes, often called mosquito dunks, in standing water that cannot be eliminated.
- Dress in long sleeves and pants when you are outside and spray thin clothing with repellent
- Defend yourself by using EPA-registered repellent. Check for ingredients like DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
Please visit the DCPH West Nile Virus website at www.dentoncounty.gov/WNV for additional information including mosquito maps, latest news, and facts about WNV.