West Nile-associated death reported in Tarrant County

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 18, 2017

Tarrant County Public Health has reported its first West Nile-related death of the 2017 season.

In 2016, the health department reports there were 152 human cases of West Nile virus in IL, including five deaths.

"We are now in the very hot time of year when West Nile virus activity begins to amplify", said Bart Hagston, environmental health director for Jackson Co.

This year, Tarrant County saw its earliest positive West Nile sample, on April 13 in Grapevine.

Ada County Mosquito Abatement will treat one square mile around the areas that have tested positive and is actively going through routine testing of all sites.

Since 2004, 229 Butte County residents have contracted the virus and eight have died. While this is true for mosquitoes that commonly carry the West Nile virus, other types of mosquitoes that are more likely to carry Zika, dengue and chikungunya are active during the day.

Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood: Mosquitoes can develop in any water stagnant for more than three days.

Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.

Dress appropriately by wearing light colored, loose long sleeves and trousers when outdoors.

REDUCE exposure - Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn. These mosquitoes really like organic material...water that's really dirty.

Residents can also aid the state's West Nile virus monitoring efforts by reporting any dead birds that have been dead for less than 48 hours. Individuals should not attempt to handle the birds, although there is no evidence that people can get the virus from handling live or dead birds.

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