Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) has confirmed the fourth, fifth, and sixth human cases of West Nile infection in Dallas County for the 2016 season. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information.

Dallas County, TX map Image/David Benbennick via Wikimedia Commons
Dallas County, TX map
Image/David Benbennick via Wikimedia Commons

“Our mosquito surveillance program and the county and municipal abatement teams are taking appropriate actions to ensure the safety of our residents. However, it is important for residents to take the necessary precautions,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director.

The best way to avoid exposure to West Nile Virus is to avoid mosquito bites. Residents should use the 4Ds to reduce their risk:

· DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET or other EPA approved repellents and follow instructions.

· Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.

· Drain: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace.

· Dusk & Dawn: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

“Since there is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatments for WNV infection, residents should adhere to preventive measures to protect themselves and their loved ones,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS medical director/health authority.

In addition, health officials have reported the 16th case of Zika virus in Dallas County in 2016. The case was confirmed through testing in the DCHHS lab. The 49-year-old patient is a resident of Dallas who was infected with the virus during recent travel to Mexico.