DALLAS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – For the third consecutive day Dallas County health officials announce a confirmed human case of West Nile virus.
The infected young man, who lives in the University Park 75225 zip code, has been diagnosed with West Nile Fever.
Officials with Univeristy Park said while the boy suffers from flu-like symptoms, he has not been hospitalized.
After being notified about the human case of West Nile on Wednesday by Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) the city performed ground spraying on all streets and alleys near the victim’s address.
For nearly four months University Park residenst have had mosquito dunks, that kill mosquito larvae, available to them at no cost.
There have been two other human West Nile cases reported in Dallas County this week. So far this season there has also been one case of human West Nile virus in Tarrant County and one case in Denton County.
Since there is no specific treatment for West Nile DCHHS medical director Dr. Christopher Perkins is reminding North Texans that “the first line of defense to prevent West Nile virus infection is to avoid getting bitten in the first place.”
Health officials are still urging residents to adhere to the five D’s when it comes to controlling the presence of mosquitoes.
- DRAIN—all areas of standing water including changing water in wading pools, birdbaths, and cleaning out gutters;
- DEET—Use bug spray and protect clothing with repellents containing permethrin or DEET;
- DRESS—Dress in light- colored clothing with long sleeves and wear long pants;
- DUSK/DAWN—Limit outdoor exposure at dusk and dawn;
- DOORS—Keep door and window screens in good repair
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