ND West Nile virus cases more than triple in a week


A mosquito trap in Drumbo tested positive for the virus during routine surveillance.

"Even though serious West Nile virus cases in humans are rare, it is important to minimize our exposure", said Khan.

So far in 2018, DCHHS has reported three West Nile virus infections.

A Dallas resident is the first person to die from West Nile virus this year in Dallas County, health officials announced Tuesday.

Anyone who believes they, or someone they know, has West Nile Virus, should consult a healthcare provider for evaluation and diagnosis. The department stressed that West Nile is a preventable disease and that wearing insect repellant outdoors is a must. Symptoms, which include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches, may last from a few days to a few weeks. The Health Unit has been trapping and testing mosquitoes since June. It's now been detected in Ada County.

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DCHHS Medical Director Dr. Christopher Perkins explains that proper mosquito bite prevention involves DEET sprays.

They are most active at dawn and dusk and will bite humans as well as other mammals and birds.

At this point past year, DCHHS had reported six West Nile infections.

Lyttle added people are most at risk of contracting West Nile virus during the months of July and August.

Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014.