DCHHS: Possible First Human West Nile Case

DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Dallas County’s health department thought it may have had it’s first confirmed human case of West Nile Virus this year, but the state health department said the case does not meet the criteria for the disease.

DCHHS says the suspected case of the virus is in the 75088 zip code in Rowlett.  More information is needed about the patient, according to the county’s medical director.

“We have to review and get as complete a picture as possible, interviewing the patient, reviewing the medical charts, talking to clinicians involved as well as doing additional diagnostic testing,” said Christopher J.Perkins

Dr. Perkins says they will present that additional information to the state, which will make a final determination on whether it is a confirmed case of the disease.

As a result, the county says it will set more traps for mosquitoes that may carry and spread West Nile.  It may also spray in the 75088 zip code sometime in the future.  At this time, the health department says it hasn’t found any mosquitoes there with West Nile.

DCHHS says this is a good reminder to folks to protect themselves from mosquitoes by wearing long sleeves and pants when they are out at dawn and dusk and by using bug repellent with DEET.

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