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First Positive West Nile Virus in Dallas County, TX

First Positive West Nile Virus in Dallas County, TX

August 30, 2018

The Threat of West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus (WNV) is becoming a greater and greater threat to United States and its territories. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that a total of 47 states and the District of Columbia reported West Nile Virus infections in humans, birds or mosquitos in 2017. There are no cures and no vaccines to prevent or treat WNV. About one in 150 infected people can develop a serious infection that can be fatal.

Mosquito Monitoring & Response

Because of the danger of this vector-borne illness, local and state authorities have had to increase their efforts to help control the mosquito population. Monitoring the current population and tracking it to understand and analyze the threats is an important part of the effort. According to the Carrollton Leader, a trapped mosquito in Dallas County was recently confirmed to be a carrier of West Nile Virus. The Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed the positive sample in August, and Carrollton Animal Services are responding to the discovery by conducting ground-based spraying in the surrounding neighborhoods, according to the article. Additionally, the Texas Department of State Health Services has provided a 2018 map of affected counties in Texas.

Protect Yourself

It is important to protect yourself and your family members from this disease. Some easy ways to repel mosquitos are to avoid the outdoors when mosquitos are the most active. This includes early morning and early evening hours. If you are planning on spending time outdoors, use a repellent with DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. It is also important to dress in light-colored clothing and long pants and sleeves, as well as take great efforts to eliminate any standing water around your home.

MosquitoNix® Can Help

MosquitoNix can also help you minimize or eliminate the threat and alleviate your fears of West Nile Virus. For over 15 years, we have provided our customers with trustworthy, natural products that work. Call us today for a consultation and a quote. We have many products and services; find the one that is compatible with your lifestyle. Our MosquitoNix Misting Systems provide you and your family with an invisible hedge of protection around the perimeter of your home. For active families on the go, we offer a portable option - take it camping, to the beach, boating or to the ball game.

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