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During and after the 2012 West Nile virus season, Denton County Health Department (DCHD) immediately started working on plans for the 2013 season. The goal was to continue with what was done well and take lessons learned from 2012 to make improvements next year. Denton County’s plans include:
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Denton County reported its first case of West Nile Virus in 2002.
Case investigations are an everyday job function at the Health Department, and our investigation procedures are dictated by DSHS and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are 78 diseases that health care providers are required to report to their county health department, and the West Nile Virus is one of them. If a case is reported, the Health Department will then investigate, and will contact the patient and/or health care provider if necessary.
In some cases, contact with DSHS is necessary for clarification before a case can be ruled out or confirmed as West Nile Virus. If a case is confirmed, Denton County Health Department contacts the city of residency first as a courtesy. No patient information is ever released, in order to protect the patient’s privacy. The main source of current Denton County case information is on our West Nile Virus page.
Each municipality (city or town) in Denton County set up its own mosquito control program. Please contact your municipality to find out what program they have established. The Denton County Health Department is responsible for the unincorporated areas of Denton County.