Second Boston resident diagnosed with West Nile virus

Second Boston resident diagnosed with West Nile virus

Second Boston resident diagnosed with West Nile virus

This year, the Tarrant County Health Department tested 3,430 mosquito samples at the public health agency's North Texas Regional Laboratory and 102 samples from Tarrant County have come back positive for West Nile Virus. A woman in her 50s was diagnosed with the disease Monday, and the first three human cases in the state this year were reported on August 24, DPH spokeswoman Ann Scales said in a statement Monday.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito.

With the number of reported cases rising in recent days, state and city health officials are urging people to take precautions to protect themselves and to mitigate the further spread of the disease.

Last year IDPH reported the first human West Nile virus death in IL on September 29, 2017.

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To prevent catching West Nile, you should take measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. People older than 50 and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus, officials said.

In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur.

When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. Residents can also call the Health Department's West Nile hotline to report areas of stagnant water, report locations of dead birds, and obtain more information on the signs and symptoms of West Nile virus.

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