Dallas County Reports First West Nile Virus Death Of The Year

For the second time this summer West Nile Virus has made an appearance in Lambton County

The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health has recorded its first human case of West Nile virus this year.

The age of the patient was not released, but they lived the 75229 zip code of Dallas. DCHHS did not disclose any additional details in order to protect the person's privacy.

The CDC says that most people infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms.

Symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, confusion, muscles weakness and severe headache.

The Health Department wants to remind the public that the virus is present and has been around for many years.

The Health Unit is urging the public to take steps to prevent mosquito bites.

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"Controlling an epidemic of WNV infection is a community effort that calls upon residents to take preventative measures to reduce exposure", Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, DCHHS' interim director, said. It's now been detected in Ada County.

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

Last year, 26 people contracted the virus and two died in Dallas County.

People older than 50 are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus.

Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014.

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