Local County Reports 2022’s First West Nile Case

Local County Reports 2022's First West Nile Case WNV
Man spraying insect repellent to protect himself from mosquito bites. | Image by Chalabala, Getty Images

The 2022 season’s first confirmed human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) has been identified, according to Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH). 

TCPH stated the individual engaged in outdoor activities during the virus’ incubation phase. 

To protect their identity, TCPH is withholding information about the patient. However, the department reported that the person, who resides in northwest Tarrant County, had a minor case of WNV fever.

The virus is frequently spread via mosquito bites. Because WNV typically does not cause symptoms, the majority of individuals bitten by an infected mosquito will not recognize they have the virus.

Still, a small number of individuals may experience a headache, fever, muscle and joint aches, nausea, and exhaustion. TCPH stated that although symptoms can linger for several weeks, patients often recover on their own.

Tarrant County Public Health announced the first positive mosquito pool obtained from Bedford in May. Since then, Tarrant County has seen seven mosquito pools test positive for WNV.

The peak West Nile Virus season usually lasts from mid-April through mid-November. 

Residents are reminded by TCPH to take precautions against the WNV. Residents should remove any standing water from their property, use repellant, and wear long sleeves and pants whenever possible.

In April, The Dallas Express reported Dallas County’s first positive human case for the season.

State officials reported that in 2021, there were 112 cases of WNV infections in the state, including 14 individuals who lost their lives to the virus. Over the past five years, Texas has had a total of 547 cases and 61 fatalities.

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