Dallas County officials have reported the first death of a resident who contracted the West Nile virus. The victim was 90 years old and lived in Dallas, according to NBC DFW.
What are the details?
The person who died after contracting the virus has not been identified by the Dallas County Health and Human Services, based on medical confidentiality and personal privacy.
DCHHS highlighted two human cases of West Nile virus in 2021, the first one on July 16. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explained that four out of five people who get the West Nile virus will never have any symptoms.
The other case in Dallas County was a resident from Farmers Branch. Their information has not been disclosed based on similar confidentiality and privacy concerns, as the news outlet points out.
“We are very saddened to report our first West Nile Virus death this season. This again reminds us about how important it is to take every possible precaution to protect against mosquito bites. Due to hot temperatures contributing to increasing numbers of mosquitoes, the risk of disease due to West Nile Virus usually increases at this time of year and is highest throughout the summer and early fall. Please remember to implement the Four D’s,” DCHHS Director Dr. Philip Huang said for the outlet.
How can you prevent mosquito bites?
Make sure to follow these rules to avoid mosquitoes in the summer days:
- Wear pants and long sleeves every time you are outside. Spray your outfit with a thin layer of insect repellent for added protection.
- Make sure your insect repellent includes DEET, picaridin, lemon oil, or eucalyptus oil as ingredients.
- Drain all standing water in your yard or on your street. Mosquitoes can develop in water that’s been stagnant for more than three days.
- Also, avoid being outside at dusk or dawn. While this rule goes for mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus, during the day you can encounter mosquitoes that carry Zika, dengue, and chikungunya.