Killer virus of human case recorded in Dallas, Texas confirmed.
A male patient noted as the third human case of West Nile Virus, confirmed by Dallas Country Health and Human Services, Wednesday. First two cases of WNV this year particularly in the month of July were confirmed, the patients living in the 36610 & 36613 ZIP code areas.
West Nile virus a very dangerous disease which may kill infected person, it is more of a threat to anyone with health issues or problems. It can be transmitted through various species of mosquitoes, a female mosquitoes, which are the prime vectors of the virus in where can only feed on blood.
Dallas Country Health and Human Services keep the records such as identifying information of third human case into confidential for safety purposes but still awaits for confirmation of the case from the Texas Department of State Health Services. However, identified victim living in 75214 zip code in Dallas.
City Secretary Marty Keene stated, “As a precautionary measure, the City of Commerce, with assistance from Texas A&M University-Commerce, has been testing mosquitoes for various diseases by trapping them and sending them to the Department of State Health Services.”. “Emergency Management Officials have been notified that two of the samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus.”
The virus refers to a mosquito-borne zoonotic arbovirus, which can infects various mammal species, including humans and spread through bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on the blood from infected birds. West Nile Virus killed hundreds of people in United States in 2012 and Texas being hard hit by this virus, the year considered deadliest on record for the United States.
Protocol to conduct targeted ground spraying for mosquitoes, areas where West Nile virus has been confirmed. Mosquito traps near the human case have not tested positive for West Nile, so no spraying will occur in the area, said city spokesperson.
As of now, still no vaccine against the said virus available. Symptoms such as headache, fever, meningitis, encephalitis and meningoencephalitis. In order to reduce cases, mosquito control must be implemented in municipalities, businesses, even individual citizens to reduce breeding populations of mosquitoes in public. In other areas like commercial and private areas, control including eliminating standing pools of water where mosquitoes breed. IMAGE/Getty