First case of West Nile virus found in Ada County

Southwestern public health is alerting the public that a mosquito has tested positive for West Nile virus for the second time in as many weeks.

The patient's zip code was 75229, which is in Northwest Dallas just south of 635.

Details on who was infected or when have not been released.

"The best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites", said Carey Panier, PCCHD Interim Director of Environmental Health.

Since 2000, 134 cases of the virus have been diagnosed in CT residents and three people have died after being infected with the virus. Severe symptoms include encephalitis; which is the swelling of the brain.

Use insect repellent when outdoors; a repellent with DEET or Icaridin offers the most effective protection.

Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.

Public health workers also advise removing standing water from your property. Officials are advising the public to remove standing water as well.

Limit outdoor activities during dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

The mosquitoes can then spread the virus to animals and humans.

  • Sylvester Abbott