The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District has received confirmation of a third human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Wichita Falls. A 51-year-old male has been confirmed to be the year's latest positive human case of WNV in the city.
Most people who are infected with the virus will not have any type of illness or they may experience a mild fever, headache and body aches before fully recovering. If someone is experiencing any of these symptoms they should contact a healthcare provider. The Health District reminds everyone that West Nile Virus is not casually transmitted from person to person.
The Health District continues to encourage citizens to avoid mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus by practicing the personal protective actions known as the 4 Ds:
1. Dusk and dawn are the times of day you should try to stay indoors, because mosquitoes are most active.
2. Dress in long sleeves and pants when you are outside.
3. DEET is an ingredient to look for in insect repellent. Follow label instructions, and always wear repellent when outdoors.
4. Drain any standing water in your yard and neighborhood where mosquitoes can breed. This includes old tires, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, etc.
The Health District will continue with mosquito control measures which include spraying for adult mosquitoes and treating standing water to eliminate breeding areas. To request spraying for adult mosquitoes in your area please call 940-761-7890.
For questions about West Nile Virus, please call 940-761-7848 or 761-6808 or visit the CDC