If the recent damage from Texas storms wasn’t enough, get ready for the return of West Nile to the metroplex.

Tarrant County Public Health has announced that a mosquito sample has tested positive for West Nile virus in Arlington. This marks the first occurrence of West Nile virus in the city’s 2024 season. No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in connection with this finding.

The Dallas Express reported in August and September 2023 two human deaths that resulted from contracting West Nile.

The rainy season leads to mosquitoes reproducing at a higher rate, increasing the risk of the virus.

Chron reported per MSN that “Whenever it rains—including after last week’s severe derecho that led to eight deaths and destroyed property across the Houston area—mosquitoes will reproduce at higher rates in standing water. With more of those flies comes the higher probability of the spread of West Nile virus, which a mosquito can contract by feeding on an infected bird. West Nile is spread to humans through bites from infected mosquitoes.

“Harris County Public Health is reminding residents to “Tip, Toss, Take Action,” or tip out any standing water inside a container; toss trash around your home; and use mosquito repellent, wear long sleeves when possible; and ensure water is turned off around the home.

“According to the Houston Health Department, only about one in five people infected with West Nile feel sick, with typical symptoms being fever, headache and body aches. One in 150 people develop a serious illness, and those older than age 60 are in greater risk for severe symptoms.”

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