Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Tarrant County Reports First Human Case of West Nile of 2018

Tarrant County Reports First Human Case of West Nile of 2018

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito, commonly called a house mosquito, which has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Clarksburg is not alone in finding the presence of the West Nile virus; Pittsfield announced the discovery of its second positive batch of 2018 last week.

The CDC refers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

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.

Four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. Instances of the neuroinvasive disease were reported in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and DeSoto parishes, according to reports. There's no vaccination for humans for West Nile Virus. The average is about 6.8 inches.

"By using information from these collection sites", Tilley says, "our staff can target specific areas where we need to decrease the overall mosquito population in the county".

Approved mosquito repellents contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus to ensure best protection. Always read repellent labels carefully, especially for younger children. During the evening hours he suggests using insect repellant and wearing long sleeves and trousers. Additionally, it is important to check the condition of window screens to prevent mosquitoes coming inside one's home.

Director of Environmental Services, Michael Long, stated, "Although the town's larvicide program treats catch basins, the general public must be vigilant in eliminating standing water on their own properties and protecting themselves from biting mosquitoes at all times".

Meanwhile, LaSalle County has now joined the list of IL counties where the virus was found in an animal. Residents in these areas are being informed that there is a heightened potential for encephalitis infection within any of these locations. "Residents are encouraged to protect themselves whenever they are outdoors". They spray in the evening hours from 7-11 pm. Spraying was also planned for the area where that person lives.

Follow the WBR Mosquito Control Facebook page for weekly updates and visit The Mosquito Control Department page on for a map of zones testing positive and spraying schedule. There is no vaccine for humans for this mosquito-borne disease, nor is there a specific treatment.

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