GREENVILLE — The Hunt County Health Department is reporting three additional cases of individuals infected with the West Nile virus in the county.
That brings the total in Hunt County to eight cases. The agency indicated that the cases are scattered in all parts of the county, with no concentrations in any area and with no fatalities.
Health officials recommend taking the following steps in order to help rid an area of mosquitos and avoid contracting the West Nile virus:
— Use an insect repellent containing DEET when going outdoors and stay indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitos are most active.
— Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants when outside.
— Get rid of any standing water, change the water in bird baths as well as remove old tires or anything which can collect water.
— Residents who wish to request the City of Greenville to spray their area can contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 903-457-2994.
— Additional information about the West Nile virus is available through the Texas Department of State Health Services at www.dshs.state.tx.us.