Dallas County announces first West Nile Virus death of 2018

West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Perth County traps

The department stressed that West Nile is a preventable disease and that wearing insect repellant outdoors is a must.

The first West Nile virus death of 2018 has been reported by the Dallas County Health and Human Services.

So far this mosquito season, about four dozen mosquito traps - in Addison, Balch Springs, Coppell, Dallas, DeSoto, Garland, Highland Park, Irving, Mesquite, Richardson, Rowlett and University Park - have captured mosquitoes with the virus, according to DCHHS. The majority of Culex mosquitoes breed in standing water and others are found in freshwater and saltwater marshes, lakes and ponds.

A county resident was released from a local medical facility after being admitted for West Nile virus-like symptoms. In North America, that means that mosquito season - extending from the late spring through the fall - is West Nile season.

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Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes are most active.

Symptoms usually develop between two and 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

There is new evidence of West Nile virus in Perth County. They can be infected when they feed on the blood of infected birds.

Cover up with light-colored clothes, long sleeves and trousers when outdoors or while in areas where mosquito activity is high.

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