Public Health News
West Nile Virus Information:
Q: What is West Nile virus?
A: West Nile virus (WNV) is a disease that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on the blood from infected birds.
The infected mosquitoes can then transmit WNV to humans and animals. West Nile disease can vary in severity. People over 50 years of age have the highest risk of severe disease.
Severe WNV infections can cause neurologic complications such as encephalitis. Milder symptoms include fever, headache and muscle aches. [READ MORE]
Mosquito Prevention Information:
Mosquitoes can transmit viruses such as West Nile and Chikungunya. It is important for Dallas County residents to take action to prevent exposure to mosquitoes. DCHHS recommends the 4Ds as precautions for protecting yourself and loved ones from mosquitoes. [READ MORE]