Denton County Public Health (DCPH) is reporting the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Denton County this year. The resident lives in Carrollton and was diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. To protect patient confidentiality, no further personal information will be released. While this is the first case in Denton County, it is unclear as to where the exposure took place.
Carrollton Animal Services proactively collected several pools of mosquitoes for West Nile virus testing in the vicinity. The results of these tests were negative. Samples were collected from the mosquito management area 1A. Area 1A is located between Medical Parkway, E. Hebron Parkway, Marsh Lane, and W. Spring Creek Parkway. This area can be viewed in detail atcityofcarrollton.com/westnile and a map can be downloaded here. The City of Carrollton conducts mosquito trapping in seven areas of the city each week of the mosquito season, April-October, and has collected 119 samples this year with only one testing positive for West Nile virus.
Scott Hudson, Environmental Services Director, encourages citizens to practice the ‘4Ds’ to reduce the risk of WNV:
· DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you are outside, use insect repellants that contain DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
· DRESS: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.
· DRAIN: Remove all areas of standing water in and around your home.
· DUSK & DAWN: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.
For additional information and latest news on this story, visit DCPH West Nile Virus website at www.dentoncounty.com/WNV. For more information regarding the City of Carrollton, contact Carl Shooter, Animal Services Manager at (972) 466-3421 or visit cityofcarrollton.com/westnile.