First West Nile-associated death of 2017 reported in Tarrant County

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 18, 2017

The resident is being treated in Dougherty County.

The City of Dublin says an area of the city will be sprayed for mosquitoes Monday night after a mosquito trap tested positive for West Nile Virus last week.

"With recent rains, we have seen plenty of mosquito activity", said Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Charles Ruis.

One person has tested positive for WNV in Saskatchewan this year, according to the latest provincial WNV surveillance and transmission risk report. Last year, the state had 149 reported human cases, which included eight deaths, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Mosquito repellant is the number one defense to prevent getting bitten by an infected mosquito.

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The death involved a senior adult with underlying medical conditions. Less than 1 percent of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness, the CDC website states. If residents must be outdoors when mosquitoes are active, the district recommends to wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts, socks and shoes, and apply insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus before going outside.

When possible, wear long sleeves, long trousers and socks, particularly at dawn and dusk and in mosquito-prone areas. A mosquito needs only a few drops of water in order to breed and lay eggs.

Ensure window and door screens fit tightly to keep mosquitoes out of the home. Ultra-Low Volume "fogging" by truck-mounted ULV equipment will continue to be the District's response to elevated "Culex" species, West Nile virus vectors, Burnett said.

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