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9/18/2014


DCHHS leaders attend town hall meetings hosted by Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel

Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel recently held a series of town hall meetings for constituents in her district. DCHHS leaders attended each meeting to update citizens on West
Nile and Chikungunya viruses in Dallas County.

 

Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel Town Hall Meeting
Left to Right: DCHHS Assistant Director of Environmental Health Anthony Jenkins; Dallas City Councilmember Sheffi e Kadane; Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel; DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson

 

DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson spoke about the differences between the two viruses including transmission, symptoms, and treatment. Thompson gave an update on how many residents had been diagnosed with either virus and the number of mosquito pools which had been identified positive for West Nile virus.

DCHHS Assistant Director of Environmental Health Anthony Jenkins told residents about Dallas County mosquito control. Jenkins explained: detection through surveillance and epidemiology; prevention through personal protection and public awareness; and control through source reduction, larvicide, and adulticide.

“A lot of citizens may be unaware of what goes into mosquito control operations,” said Jenkins. “It’s always a pleasure to explain how DCHHS and our municipalities work diligently to protect
residents from mosquito-borne viruses.”

Jenkins added residents should remember their part in prevention - The 4Ds: DEET, Dress,
Drain, and Dusk/Dawn.

 

Town Hall Meeting Town Hall Meeting

Director Thompson discusses West Nile virus prevention with town hall meeting attendees.

Asst. Dir. Tony Jenkins informs residents about DCHHS' mosquito surveillance program.

 

For general questions or for more information about Dallas County Health and Human Services,
please email Director Zachary Thompson at: zachary.thompson@dallascounty.org

Zachary S. Thompson
Director
Christopher Perkins, D.O., M.P.H.
Medical Director / Health Authority

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