Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
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More than 100 cases of West Nile confirmed, highest since 2013

More than 100 cases of West Nile confirmed, highest since 2013

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported Monday the eighth human case of West Nile Virus infection in Dallas County this year.

Officials confirmed one positive human case in Carrollton last week, Denton County's first this year, Denton County Public Health spokeswoman Jennifer Rainey said.

"Although the weather is cooler right now, temperatures are forecast to increase again next week and so it continues to be extremely important for people to take these steps to avoid mosquito bites", said DPH State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown. Those are EPA approved mosquito repellents to prevent bites.

In 2017, there were six human cases of the virus in the state.

Wearing light-colored clothing to cover the skin reduces the risk of bites.

While West Nile has not been found in Carver, a ban is in effect for all outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.

Ensure door and window screens are in good condition so mosquitoes can not get inside.

Drain standing water in yards (old tires, potted plant trays, pet dishes, toys, buckets, etc.). Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old auto tires, buckets, and other containers. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you. If an animal is diagnosed with West Nile virus or EEE, owners are required to report to the Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the DPH by calling 617-983-6800.

For more information contact the health contact at 424-0272, or on Facebook.

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