Dallas County announces first West Nile Virus death of 2018

08 Août, 2018, 13:06 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Last year 26 people contracted the virus and two died in Dallas County

It's now been detected in Ada County.

A Dallas resident is the first person to die from West Nile virus this year in Dallas County, health officials announced Tuesday.

A crow tested positive in Sarnia in late July.

The abatement district has increased treatments in those areas in an effort to prevent human cases.

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Between 70 percent and 80 percent of people that become infected with West Nile Virus do not develop any symptoms.

Lambton Public Health is encouraging residents to continue taking usual precautions to avoid mosquitoes and bites, as well as reducing mosquito breeding grounds around properties by eliminating standing water.

Anyone who believes they, or someone they know, has West Nile Virus, should consult a healthcare provider for evaluation and diagnosis. In an outbreak in 2012, more than 1,000 people were infected and 36 people died across four North Texas counties.

Less than 1% of people infected with the virus get seriously ill.

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