DCHHS Reminds Citizens to Use the 4Ds to Protect Against West Nile Virus

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DALLAS (May 1, 2015) – Longer days and warmer temperatures increase outdoor activity. Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reminding citizens to use the 4Ds to protect against West Nile virus.

no_mosquitoe“Now that temperatures are frequently above 60 degrees, we know that citizens will be spending more time outdoors enjoying a number of activities,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director. “Dallas County residents must remember the 4Ds for protection against mosquito bites.”

DCHHS 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. DCHHS met with all Dallas County municipalities to unify mosquito control efforts. Additionally, the DCHHS public information division and health educators have been sharing information widely with residents, community organizations, and response partners.

“We encourage citizens to enjoy the outdoors, but they must remember to protect themselves and their loved ones,” 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.”

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 theDCHHS website.