A second and third case of human West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Southlake by the Tarrant County Public Health Department’s West Nile Virus Monitoring Division. Specifics about each patient are being kept confidential by Tarrant County in the interest of privacy. It is unknown where each patient contracted the illness.
“The real message here is that people need to think about taking preventative measures every time they go outside,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Kyle Taylor. “The latest cases here in Southlake and in other parts of the Metroplex illustrate that it has the ability to spread quickly.”
There are two versions of West Nile. The milder version, West Nile Fever, can include flu like symptoms such as fever, headache, tiredness, and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash (on the trunk of the body) and swollen lymph glands. The symptoms of the more serious version, West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease, also include headache, and high fever but can also include neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, paralysis and possible a coma. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, please check with a doctor immediately. Members of at risk populations, including young children, seniors and those with compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable this time of year.
Everyone is also advised to follow the 4Ds until the threat of West Nile subsides:
The City of Southlake has been actively treating any standing water found in public areas. Residents who have untreated standing water on their property are asked to stop by the following locations to pick up mosquito killing larvicide briquettes:
“The briquettes effectively eliminate mosquito larvae,” said Public Works Director Bob Price. “They are especially efficient for landscaping areas where irrigation watering can sometimes pool and become standing water. By using the briquettes and making a conscious effort not to over-water, the City has a good defense against West Nile.”
If you would like additional information regarding West Nile Virus, please visit the City’s West Nile Virus webpage. If you see a mosquito problem in a public space, you can report it by using the City’s “Come Fix This!” this form.