Dallas Confirms First Human WNV Cases

Dallas County Health and Human Services has confirmed its first two human cases of West Nile virus for the 2009 season.

One patient, who lives in Dallas (75204), was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease and is recovering at home. The second patient, from zip code 75248, was also diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease, and remains hospitalized.

For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information.

“Dallas County wants to alert the public that the mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus are here and they’re active,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS Director. “Our mosquito surveillance program and the county and municipal abatement teams are taking the appropriate actions to ensure the safety of our residents. However, it is important that residents do their part by taking the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to the virus.”

The best way to avoid exposure to West Nile Virus is to practice the three Ds: * use insect repellents that contain DEET * Drain any standing water and * Dress in long, loose and light-colored clothing during dawn and dusk hours.

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