First West Nile Virus death of 2018

Leslie Hanson
September 13, 2018

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported Monday the eighth human case of West Nile Virus infection in Dallas County this year.

"Late August and early September has seen exceptionally hot, humid weather".

Health officials say the Cape May County resident is now recovering at a local hospital after he tested positive for the viral disease on August 28th.

Repellents help keep mosquitoes from biting. Most people who contract the disease will show no symptoms, but 20 per cent will experience mild flu-like symptoms, and about 1 in 150 will develop a more severe form of the disease.

In 2017, there were six human cases of the virus in the state.

Though the number is lower than in past years, people shouldn't let their guard down.


Wearing long sleeves, long trousers, and socks when outdoors to help keep mosquitos away from your skin can help, according to a statement from the department.

Staying indoors when mosquitoes are most active (dusk and dawn).

Screens should be used to keep mosquitoes outside of homes. Remove standing water from your property as that can often become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old auto tires, buckets, and other containers.

West Nile virus symptoms include headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.

People with animals should flush out water troughs at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitos near paddock areas, according to the statement.

The Culex mosquito is one variety found in Utah that can carry the West Nile virus.

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