First West Nile-Related Death of 2017 Reported in Tarrant County

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 18, 2017

West Nile virus was detected in mosquitoes in Weld County in the first week of July, adding to those already found in Larimer and Delta counties.

When possible, wear long sleeves, long trousers and socks, particularly at dawn and dusk and in mosquito-prone areas.

The city says it will take a few hours to spray the entire area. In 2016, MS had 43 WNV cases and two deaths. Residents of Columbus should call 311. For more information about West Nile Virus, visit www.cdc.gov or contact your county health department.

WNV can be transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. This is the second case reported in Forrest County so far this year. "This allows us to act - rather than react - to a potential West Nile virus threat", Burnett said.

Drain any standing water on your property that may produce mosquitoes. The DEP and County WNV staff are responding with additional surveillance and control as needed, a release states. While there is no evidence that people can get the virus from handling live or dead birds, individuals should not attempt to catch or handle the birds.

Because of the high mortality rate of horses that contract the disease, owners are encouraged to make sure horses are kept current with their West Nile virus vaccinations. When outdoors, no matter what time of day, adjust your dress accordingl and wear insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus as your first line of defense against insect bites.

Ensure window and door screens fit tightly to keep mosquitoes out of the home.

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