Thursday, 27 July, 2017

First West Nile-associated death of 2017 reported in Tarrant County

Source Havard Pest Control Source Havard Pest Control
Melinda Barton | 18 July, 2017, 09:21

Mosquitoes collected late last week on the west edge of Sterling tested positive for West Nile virus - the earliest discovery in Whiteside County since surveillance began in 2002, the Health Department said in a news release this afternoon.

West Nile is common, found every summer in dead birds and mosquitoes in the area.

TAP HERE for West Nile Virus information from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Since 2004, 229 residents have been infected with the virus, eight of which lost their lives.

Mosquito Abatement crews in Box Elder County say weeks of hot weather have allowed the mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus to become more productive, creating a problem earlier than is typically expected.

The first human case of the mosquito-borne virus was reported in the county last month, about three weeks earlier than the first case past year. "Residents are urged to do their part to prevent mosquitoes from breeding by inspecting and eliminating all standing water from their properties".

Four out of five people who are bitten by an infected mosquito will not experience any illness. Along with birds and humans, horses are also affected by the virus.

People who are 50 years or older have a higher risk of developing a severe infection because of West Nile, according to TCPH. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol provide the best protection.

Wear insect repellent, dress in long-sleeve clothing, replace and fix window screens, and stay indoors during peak mosquito times.

Mosquitoes are most active on warm evenings and between dusk and dawn. Those calling to report dead birds should take note of the location and condition of the bird before calling for further instructions.