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Summit To Discuss Dallas County’s Fight Against West Nile

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Late Wednesday, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced a meeting with county, state and federal emergency management agency representatives to review Dallas County’s West Nile Virus situation.

The meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday where the county’s efforts to combat the spread of West Nile will be the focus of discussion.

Along with government officials, Judge Jenkins invited representatives from the Dallas County Medical Society to attend the work session.  Earlier this week, the physician’s organization urged the county to begin aerial spraying to slow the spread of the virus.

CBS 11 News has exclusive details about what both the city and county are now planning.  Sources say the plans, which we’re told could change, call for ground crews to target a “super area” where there have been multiple human cases reported. All seven city and county pesticide trucks will spray the same area three nights in a row.

So far this year, Dallas County has reported 9 deaths related to West Nile.  162 cases of the virus have been reported to date in the county.

Regarding the county’s efforts to collaborate with state and federal health agencies, Jenkins said in a statement, “We are working with our state and federal partners to provide the best West Nile protections possible.  Dallas County Health and Human Services is doing an outstanding job and the State has been a strong ally to supplement and increase out capacity.”

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) did grant a  request for aid from the county by supplying  additional pesticide.

The meeting is not open to the public, but a press conference is scheduled immediately afterward.

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