Dallas County announces first West Nile Virus death of 2018

First West Nile death of 2018 in Dallas County reported, officials confirm

First West Nile death of 2018 in Dallas County reported, officials confirm

The first West Nile virus death of 2018 has been reported by the Dallas County Health and Human Services. The Health Department wants to remind the public that the virus is present and has been around for many years.

For information, call the West Nile virus info line at 519-383-3824 or toll-free at 1-800- 667-1839 ext.

According to test results received by the health unit on Tuesday, mosquitoes collected from a trap located in Wyoming on August 1 tested positive for the virus.

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Residents are again urged to take precautions to prevent exposure to mosquitoes by eliminating breeding sites and standing water and wearing insect repellent containing DEET.

Symptoms of West Nile include joint pain, headaches, muscle aches, nausea and a stiff neck. In an outbreak in 2012, more than 1,000 people were infected and 36 people died across four North Texas counties.

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