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Information on the West Nile and Chikungunya Viruses (Courtesy of the City of Lancaster)

In partnership with the City of Lancaster, the District would like to share the following information from Dallas County of Health and Human Services regarding the West Nile and Chikungunya Viruses:

What is West Nile Virus?

It’s one of a group of viruses spread by mosquito bites. West Nile Virus (WNV) is a flavivirus historically found in Africa, West Asia, and the Middle East. It is closely related to St. Louis encephalitis virus found in the United States. The virus can infect humans, birds, mosquitoes, horses and some other animals.

 

What is Chikungunya Virus?

Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is trans-mitted to people by mosquitoes.

CHIKV causes high fever and severe joint pain that start suddenly. CHIKV does not often result in death, but the symptoms can be disabling, and some people may get severe complications.

The most common symptoms of CHIKV are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling or rash.

 

Local, State and National Resources

Dallas County Health and Human Services

Environmental Health Division

2377 N. Stemmons Freeway

Dallas, Texas 75207

(214) 819-2115

www.dallascounty.org/hhs

 

Texas Department of State Health Services

1100 West 48th Street

Austin, Texas 78756

(512) 458-7255

www.dshs.state.tx.us

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

(888) 246-2675 (English)

(888) 246-2857 (Spanish)

(866) 874-2646 (TTY)

www.cdc.gov/chikungunya