A Southeast Dallas resident has contracted the mosquito-borne disease. From the city’s release today:
Dallas County Health and Human Services announced the first human West Nile Virus (WNV) case in the City of Dallas for the 2015 season.
The resident lives in the 75217 zip code and was diagnosed with West Nile Fever. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, the City of Dallas does not provide additional identifying information.
The City’s protocol is to conduct targeted ground spraying in areas where WNV has been confirmed in mosquitoes, and in areas where trapping has indicated significant increases in the number of mosquitoes that have the potential to carry WNV. Existing traps near the human case have not tested positive for WNV. The City will expand surveillance and place an additional trap near the location to gain information on mosquito activity.
The City’s mosquito control program is continually evolving to address the threat of West Nile Virus (WNV). Public information and outreach is extensive using television, radio, billboards, brochures, and community meetings. Additionally, a webpage at www.dallascityhall.com is dedicated to WNV information, including links to videos developed to educate the public on WNV prevention. The City is proactively identifying sources of mosquito breeding by responding to 3-1-1 standing water, stagnant pools and water conservation complaints. However, it is important that residents do their part by taking the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to the virus.