By Kevin Jefferies
Hunt County – A Hunt County woman has been diagnosed with a case of West Nile virus. The announcement came late last week by the Hunt County Health Department. Officials were notified of the case after a woman was referred to Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. It is the first case of West Nile diagnosed in Hunt County this year.
There were two cases last year, one human and one horse; and 125 human cases statewide, including 11 fatalities.
West Nile affects people with low immune systems and carries flu-like symptoms. It is carried by mosquitoes. Current drought conditions have reduced mosquito breeding grounds, and citizens can help reduce that further by eliminating any standing water around the home. Using an insect repellent containing DEET is also recommended to help prevent catching the virus.