Several Areas In North Texas Test Positive For West Nile

Andrew Greenstein
June 20, 2018 - 9:49 am

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - With summer here, mosquitos are out in full force, and that means it's time to protect yourself against West Nile Virus

So far this year in Dallas County there have been three mosquito samples that have tested positive for West Nile Virus, one each in southeast Dallas, Balch Springs and Irving.

Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, the interim director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, says it's too early to tell whether this year will be better or worse than years past.

"It's very hard to predict the season, whether it's going to be a bad season or a good season, but we expect that it's going to be like any other seasons in the past," says Shivaramaiyer.

DCHHS urges you to utilize the "4Ds" to reduce your risk of West Nile Virus:

DEET - All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellants that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

DRESS - Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing outside.

DRAIN - Remove all areas of standing water in and around your home.

DUSK & DAWN - Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.