DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The Denton County Public Health has reported its sixth human case of West Nile Virus for 2016 in Denton County. The resident lives in Highland Village and was diagnosed with West Nile Fever.
Chief Epidemiologist Juan Rodriguez stressed that residents can continue to reduce their risks of acquiring WNV.
“Individuals can help prevent mosquito bites by draining standing water around their homes, dressing appropriately and using DEET or other EPA-approved repellents,” he states.
Residents should take the following steps to reduce their risk of getting WNV:
- Drain standing water around their homes to reduce mosquito breeding grounds. Consider use of BTI briquettes (or mosquito dunks) in water that cannot be drained, such as small ponds and drinking troughs.
- Be aware of mosquitoes during times that they are active, Dawn, Daytime, Dusk and evening hours.
- Apply an insect repellent that contains DEET to exposed skin and to clothing when outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends Picaridin.
- Dress in pants and long sleeves when outside and/or wear permethrin-treated clothing.
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