Tarrant County Confirms West Nile Virus-Related Death


According to the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District, a mosquito pool in an area of north Honcut south Palermo has tested positive with the West Nile Virus. While this is true for mosquitoes that commonly carry the West Nile virus, other types of mosquitoes that are more likely to carry Zika, dengue and chikungunya are active during the day.

One person has tested positive for WNV in Saskatchewan this year, according to the latest provincial WNV surveillance and transmission risk report.

Last year, there were six cases in the state with none of them being reported in the Southwest district.

MS had 43 West Nile cases previous year and two deaths. Mosquito repellant is the number one defense to prevent getting bitten by an infected mosquito.

Officials said a senior adult with "underlying medical conditions" died after contracting the virus.

Symptoms of WNV infection are often mild and may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes.

It has been recommended in the past that to avoid mosquito bites you should avoid being outdoors during Dusk and Dawn (the 4 Ds). Repellents with DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol provide the best protection.

Residents are also urged to make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens with no holes, and eliminate all standing water on your property that can support mosquito breeding. For more information about West Nile Virus, visit www.cdc.gov or contact your county health department.