DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The second North Texas death related to the West Nile Virus has been reported in Dallas County.
Officials with Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) confirmed the death at a news conference Thursday afternoon. CBS 11 confirmed through family members that 82-year-old Charles Pistor of Highland Park died Wednesday from the West Nile virus.
Pistor was well known in the banking community and was president of the Dallas Assembly in 1971-72. He served as Vice Chairman of First RepublicBank in the 1980s.
SMU spokesman, Kent Best, says Pistor also served as Vice Chairman of SMU from 1991 – 1995.
Health officials say they believe the two West Nile related deaths in Dallas are the only ones so far this year in the entire country.
On Monday, a man in his 60s with an underlying health condition was the first confirmed West Nile Virus death in Dallas County this year.
The virus is spread to humans from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Since the first of the year, Dallas County has had a total of 26 confirmed human cases. Health officials say the number of 2012 West Nile Virus cases should be considered a major public health concern.
“Dallas County and our municipal partners are taking the appropriate actions to ensure the safety of our residents,” DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson said in a press release statement. “With the widespread nature of West Nile this season, it is imperative that residents also do their part by taking the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to the virus.”
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say this could be the worst mosquito season in decades. Health experts believe the mild winter and early spring rains are to blame.
Some symptoms of the West Nile Virus include fever, headache, neck stiffness, muscle weakness and tremors.
While human West Nile infection is rare, health professionals advise that, to protect against mosquito bites and potential infection, North Texans should:
- Stay indoors at dawn, dusk and in the early evening
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors
- Spray clothing with repellents containing permethrin or DEET
- Repair or replace all screens in your home that have tears or holes
- Eliminate standing water that collects on your property
Click here to get up to date information on West Nile in Dallas County. Residents can call (214) 819-2115 to report or inquire about mosquito activity in Dallas County,
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