Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
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Dallas County announces first West Nile Virus death of 2018

Dallas County announces first West Nile Virus death of 2018

Test results received Tuesday confirm that mosquitoes collected from a trap located in Plympton-Wyoming on August 1 tested positive for the virus.

The Ada County Mosquito Abatement District confirmed today the first case of West Nile here. They can be infected when they feed on the blood of infected birds.

Residents are reminded to protect themselves against mosquito bites to avoid West Nile virus.

Drain any standing water in your yard. Standing water can be treated with EPA-approved larvicides to kill mosquitoes before they become adults. Mosquitoes only need a few tablespoons of water to lay eggs.

In the third week of July, 28 mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile - 12 more cases than the average 16 typically reported at that time for the past 12 years, according to the governor's office. The department stressed that West Nile is a preventable disease and that wearing insect repellant outdoors is a must. Of the 26 Dallas County residents infected past year, two died from the mosquito-borne illness.

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