Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has confirmed one West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquito sample in unincorporated Tarrant County.
“This detection means the virus is here and now being transmitted”, said Dr. Lon Kightlinger, state epidemiologist for the Department of Health.
Windsor-Essex residents should continue to protect themselves against mosquitoes by eliminating any standing water around their home and property and taking personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites.
Apply mosquito repellents (DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535) to clothes and exposed skin.
Limit the time you spend outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
Dress in long sleeves, trousers when outside: For extra protection, spray thin clothing with repellent.
According to the McLennan County Environmental Health Program Administrator, David Litke, the season has been delayed because flooding from TS Bill may have flushed out nests of mosquitos laid during the late spring. People with severe or unusual headaches should see their physicians.
Since the first human case of West Nile in South Dakota in 2002, the state has documented almost 2,200 cases and almost 700 hospitalizations, with 32 deaths.