Dallas County announces first West Nile Virus death of 2018

West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Perth County traps

The first West Nile virus-related death of the year in Dallas County has been reported, the county health department confirmed to WFAA on Tuesday.

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 treatment is meant to decrease the mosquito population and minimize the risk of transmission of West Nile Virus.

Less than 1% of people infected with the virus get seriously ill. Symptoms include: fever, headache and muscle aches.

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Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.

Drain any standing water in your yard. However, the majority of people infected with the virus do not get sick.

Use effective insect repellent such as DEET or Picaridin.

They are most active at dawn and dusk and will bite humans as well as other mammals and birds.

More information is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov and at the Dallas County Health and Human Services website.

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