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

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

Lambton Public Health Supervisor Lori Lucas says mosquitoes collected August 1 from a trap in Wyoming have tested positive for the virus. This follows last week's positive test result in Woodstock.

West Nile virus activity is moving east.

In the third week of July, 28 mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile - 12 more cases than the average 16 typically reported at that time for the past 12 years, according to the governor's office. In an outbreak in 2012, more than 1,000 people were infected and 36 people died across four North Texas counties.

Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing. However, the majority of people infected with the virus do not get sick.

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

Use insect repellent containing DEET when outside.

The product used will be a mosquito pesticide called Zenivex E20, which kills adult mosquitoes, but is not harmful to people and pets. Prior to a year ago, there had been no positive human cases since in the region since 2006.

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