West Nile confirmed in Wichita Falls mosquitoes

The Texas Department of State Health Services laboratory has confirmed this year’s first pool of mosquitoes from Wichita Falls to test positive for West Nile Virus.

The mosquitoes were collected from traps placed in the city as part of the Wichita Fall-Wichita County Public Health District’s routine mosquito surveillance program.

West Nile Virus can be transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. We can all reduce the risk of being infected with any mosquito-borne illness by following these simple precautions:

• Stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active. Limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito times, especially before dusk and dawn.

• Wear DEET insect repellent. Always wear repellent when outdoors and choose products that contain DEET. Please follow instructions on product label.

Read more about precautions in the weekend News.