DALLAS(CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) Director Zachary Thompson and Medical Director/Health Authority Dr. Christopher Perkins Tuesday provided an update on West Nile Virus in Dallas County Commissioners Court.
“West Nile season is underway and DCHHS is doing its part to protect Dallas County residents,” said Thompson. “It is very important for Dallas County residents to know what they can do to minimize mosquito exposure.”
DCHHS purchased more than 10,000 mosquito dunks and issued the supply to cities throughout Dallas County. The dunks will be used to treat standing water and help control the mosquito population.
DCHHS issued a West Nile Virus health advisory to Dallas area medical providers and laboratory staff and continues to issue weekly surveillance reports.
DCHHS says it remains in contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Vector-Borne Diseases to share and analyze Dallas County mosquito pool data.
DCHHS urges everyone to do their part to help control the mosquito population.
“Dallas County has experienced a record amount of rain, which in turn increases breeding sites for mosquitoes,” said Dr. Perkins. “If residents are unable to drain standing water, they should use larvicide products, such as mosquito dunks, to prevent mosquito larvae from maturing.”
So far this season, five mosquito traps have tested positive for West Nile Virus. No human cases have been reported.
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