Confirmed case of West Nile virus in Rock Hill, city officials say

Posted August 17, 2017

Denton County Public Health (DCPH) is reporting three positive West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito traps located in unincorporated Denton County. The 44-year-old man is from Clermont County, east of Cincinnati.

DeKalb County is one of several where mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus, which means an increased risk of people contracting the virus, according to a news release.

Authorities have confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus in a horse in DE since 2015.

West Nile virus is usually contracted through a mosquito bite.

DUSK and DAWN - Although mosquitoes associated with Zika can be active throughout the day, residents should take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours (from dusk to dawn) or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.

As The Prowers Journal reports, a horse in Larimer County was diagnosed with the virus earlier this month. It's the first horse-related case in DE since 2015. About 1 in 150 people who are infected develop an illness that affects the central nervous system.

"We would encourage everyone to monitor their own homes and properties for standing water in those areas so you can eliminate the breeding grounds for that", Rock Hill City Manager Jimmy Bagley said.

Officials urge anyone that has been bitten by a mosquito in York County in the last five to 15 days to get checked by a doctor.

Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

Personal protection is recommended during outdoor activities by wearing shoes, socks, long trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt when outside for a long period of time. Consider the use of BTI briquettes (or mosquito dunks) in standing water that can not be eliminated.

Use EPA-registered mosquito repellent and follow the label directions.