First 2014 Case of West Nile Virus Diagnosed in Tarrant County
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West Nile virus comes in two varieties, the less severe version referred to as West Nile Fever and the more severe strain West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease.
Nearly 4 out of 5 people who are affected show no symptoms and those who contract the less severe strain generally recover on their own within a few weeks though the more severe strain cause disorientation, muscle weakness, neck stiffness, coma and paralysis. Last year there were two deaths in Tarrant County from West Nile.
Things you can do to prevent West NileMosquito's thrive around standing water and are most active at dawn and dusk.
- Replace standing water such as bird baths and pet water bowls every 2 days
- Remove debris from rain gutters to keep water from accumulating even in the summer
- Keep swimming pools well cared for
- Avoid over watering lawns, again to prevent standing water
- Ensure proper irrigation throughout your property
- If you have ponds include mosquito eating fish