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.
|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.
Director Thompson discusses West Nile virus prevention with town hall meeting attendees.
Asst. Dir. Tony Jenkins informs residents about DCHHS' mosquito surveillance program.