Denton County reports first case of West Nile Virus for 2014

Denton County reports first, second West Nile Virus and Chikungunya Cases
September 12, 2014 – The Denton County Health Department (DCHD) is reporting its first
human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) of the season and the first case of Chikungunya virus
(ChikV) in a Denton County resident. The Texas Department of State Health Services
confirmed yesterday two cases of WNV—one resident in the City of Denton, the other in
Argyle.
“These reports of mosquito-borne diseases highlight and confirm our concerns—positive
mosquito testing pools across the County have alerted us to the likelihood of human WNV cases,
and we’re beginning to see those cases this week” said Juan Rodriguez, Chief Epidemiologist for
the Denton County Health Department.
Then, in addition to the WNV cases being reported, Friday morning brought the confirmation of
Denton County’s first ChikV case. ChikV is an emerging disease that is transmitted by
mosquitos that bite an infected person. The patient is a Lewisville resident with a travel history
to an area associated with a current ChikV outbreak. So far, all ChikV cases in Texas have been
linked to international travel to areas that have current outbreaks of the disease. The Centers for
Disease Control describes transmission of ChikV as being transmitted to people through
mosquito bites. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person already infected with
the virus. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to other people through bites.
ChikV is commonly associated with fever and joint pain in infected individuals. Rarely are the
symptoms leading to chronic complications. However, people should still use protection and
prevention methods as both diseases have the potential of serious complications.
“Once again, we’re seeing mosquito-borne diseases being reported in our communities, and we
urge people to think about bite prevention,” says Dr. Matt Richardson, director of the Denton
County Health Department. “We can sometimes sound repetitive, but we need people to listen to
the message that will protect them from WNV and ChikV: follow the 4D’s to keep yourself and
your loved ones from getting sick. WNV and ChikV have no vaccine and no cure, so prevention
is our most effective tool. And individuals need to partner with us and take responsibility for
protecting themselves. ”
Please visit DCHD’s West Nile Virus website for extensive WNV and ChikV information
including tips for reducing mosquitoes around the home, frequently asked questions, and
printable flyers and posters. The website is dentoncounty.com/WNV.

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