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
Texas Department of State Health Services
1100 West 48th Street
Austin, Texas 78756
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(888) 246-2675 (English)
(888) 246-2857 (Spanish)
(866) 874-2646 (TTY)