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bug spray 1330383 Dallas County To Hand Out Free Insect Repellent To Needy

A man sprays on mosquito repellent. (credit: Mario Villafuerte/Gettyimages)

DALLAS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is teaming up with a mosquito protection company to provide needy residents with insect repellent.

Continuing the fight against the West Nile Virus, DCHHS and Cutter® Insect Repellent will hand out free insect repellent to Dallas County low-income residents and senior citizens.

A press conference will be held August 29 at 10:30 a.m. detailing how the 20,000 DEET-based repellent products from Cutter will be distributed to eligible residents.

To date Dallas County has had 300 human cases of West Nile Virus and 12 West Nile Virus related deaths — the majority of those having been elderly people.

“Statistically, seniors are more likely to develop the more serious forms of the illness including encephalitis and meningitis,” Dr. Christopher Perkins, Medical Director/Health Authority explained in a press release.

Going on to state that anyone bitten by an infected mosquito can contract West Nile, Dr. Perkins stressed the importance of individuals taking personal responsibility and taking precautions.

“Studies show that 80-percent of the people who get the more serious forms of West Nile Virus did not use insect repellent,” he said.

DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson said distributing the insect repellent is even more important this week.

“It is important for the community to remain diligent about using insect repellent – especially heading into the busy Labor Day holiday weekend where many of us will be spending time outdoors.”

Dallas County has been hit particularly hard by West Nile. The number of human cases and related deaths is better put in perspective knowing that Dallas had only seen a total of 10 West Nile virus deaths between 2003 and 2011.

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