West Nile Virus in Wichita Falls

The West Nile Virus may be in Texoma. The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District has received a lab report showing one case of the infection in Wichita County.

The District is still waiting on the state to confirm the case.

West Nile is transferred to humans by infected mosquitoes

Mosquito tests are being conducted on a daily basis in Wichita Falls. Susan Morris, General and Environmental Health Administrator at the Wichita Falls Wichita County Health Department says none of the mosquitoes have tested positive, but says West Nile has been a problem in Wichita County in years past.

Morris wouldn't speak about the current case in Wichita County, but tests are still underway to positively confirm it with the state. She says the best measure of prevention are basic tips you've heard for years.

"Practice the basic four D's of mosquito control- stay in at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, dress in long sleeves and long pants, [wear] a light color that way you can see mosquitoes if they lie on you and they have a harder time biting through the fabric, dump and drain any standing water and use a mosquito repellant," says Morris.

Mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus are very similar to humans because they like to go inside your house when its hot outside. Make sure your windows are screened, keep your doors shut and get rid of any standing water outside your home.

It's really back to basics when it comes to mosquito control. About 4 out of 5 people who are infected with West Nile Virus will not develop any type of illness according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.