DCHHS Urges Residents to Take Precaution as Mosquito Season Begins

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

“Mosquito season typically is between May and November 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.

DCHHS began its mosquito education and prevention campaign early this year and has made several strides to help combat mosquitoes and educate residents on mosquito prevention.

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. 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.

For more information on West Nile and Zika visit www.dallascounty.org/department/hhs/zika or www.dallascounty.org/department/hhs/westnile

In 2016, there were 62 imported cases of Zika virus, 61 confirmed cases of West Nile virus and three WNV deaths. To date, DCHHS has confirmed four imported cases Dallas County residents this year.