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Tarrant County Reports First Human Case of West Nile of 2018

Tarrant County Reports First Human Case of West Nile of 2018”

The announcement came one day after the state's department of health announced the first confirmed, locally acquired case of the virus in Maryland this year.

Most infected people experience no symptoms or only mild flu-like symptoms, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release.

West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease - This is the most serious type, infecting the brain and spinal cord.

According to Courtney Sheeley, Public Information Officer for the South Health District, officials don't typically see this amount of mosquitoes test positive for the West Nile Virus, until August.

"The mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus will typically harbor in stagnant water", says Babbitt.

St. John the Baptist Parish has collected mosquitoes who tested positive for West Nile. Such symptoms include, but are not limited to: fever, headache, body ache, fatigue, nausea, and rash.

Doors - Make sure doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly, and fix torn or damaged screens to keep mosquitoes out of the house.

State epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton reminds people to take steps to reduce their exposure to mosquitoes. Eliminate, or refresh each week, all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, pet bowls, clogged rain gutters, wading pools, old tires, and any other containers.

Health officials said if you have been bitten by a mosquito, do not scratch it because it could cause an infection.

Use mosquito repellent according to the manufacturer's directions on the label (10% or less DEET for children and no more than 30% DEET for adults).

"We'll put our trucks in those areas where we had some mosquitos that tested positive, it doesn't mean we're going to have human cases", said Sexton.

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