DCHHS Declares Start to Mosquito Season

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Dallas County Residents Urged to Take Precautions

DALLAS – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) today declared the start of mosquito season for Dallas County. DCHHS is urging residents to take precautions to avoid exposure to mosquitoes.

“Mosquito season begins in April in Dallas County, so residents should take precautions immediately to avoid exposure to mosquitoes,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director. “Citizens can assist the county and municipal mosquito abatement teams by being proactive at their homes and workplaces.”

deetDCHHS began its mosquito education and prevention campaign in January and has since made several strides to help combat mosquitoes and educate residents on mosquito prevention.

“Our mosquito control division has met with all of our municipalities and we also met for a briefing with the city of Dallas to ensure we are all on one accord,” Thompson said.

Additionally, Thompson added, the DCHHS public information division and health educators are sharing information widely with residents, community organizations, and response partners.

“The fight against mosquito-borne viruses is a joint effort among us all,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS medical director/health authority. “Stopping mosquitoes where they breed by draining or treating standing water is especially crucial, but residents should adhere to all protection recommendations.”

Perkins said Dallas County residents can protect themselves and their loved ones from mosquito bites by remembering and practicing the 4Ds.

  • DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET or other EPA approved repellents and follow instructions.
  • Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.
  • Drain: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace.
  • Dusk & Dawn: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

In 2014, there were 12 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus and no deaths. To date, DCHHS has confirmed Chikungunya virus in 11 Dallas County residents. All cases were imported from countries where the virus is endemic.

More information can be found about West Nile and Chikungunya viruses on the DCHHS website.