There have been multiple cases of mosquitos testing positive for West Nile Virus in Dallas and the surrounding areas. DCHHS confirmed positive samples in University Park and Desoto, in the 75225 and 75115 ZIP codes. So far this year, DCHHS has confirmed 33 positive samples of West Nile virus in mosquitoes and one human case. The human case was confirmed earlier this week in Irving where a patient in the 75061 ZIP code contracted the disease. Protecting your home and family from mosquitos is very important not only because the bites are a nuisance but because the diseases that mosquitos can carry can be very serious.
How to Protect Yourself from Mosquito Bites
- Dress in long sleeves, pants when outside: For extra protection, spray thin clothing with repellent.
- DEET: Make sure this ingredient is in your insect repellent.
- Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood: Mosquitoes can develop in any water stagnant for more than three days.
It has been recommended in the past that to avoid mosquito bites you should avoid being outdoors during Dusk and Dawn. 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. When outdoors, no matter what time of day, adjust your dress accordingly and wear insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus as your first line of defense against insect bites. (NBCDFW)