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August 2, 2013

A bad bug bite

Weatherford man infected with West Nile virus; Parker County not showing any 2013 cases

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Working outside during the day, Beadel said he is not one to spend much time outdoors around his home gardening or doing yard work.

The TDH as of July 16 said there have been just two human West Nile infections in 2013, one in Tarrant County and one in Anderson County, in 2013, with no deaths. There have been 26 other West Nile virus cases reported, 25 in mosquitoes and one horse case.

West Nile is a mosquito-born virus. People over 50 and those with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming ill if they become infected with the virus. The TDH recommends these steps to help prevent infection:

• Use an approved insect repellent every time you go outside. Approved repellents are those that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Follow the instructions on the label.

• Regularly drain standing water, including water that collects in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.

• Wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

• Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from entering the home.

At this time the City of Weatherford is responding to any individual reports of mosquitoes but has not scheduled regular spraying.

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