DALLAS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – There are now more than a dozen Dallas County residents who have died from West Nile Virus related health issues.
Wednesday officials with Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) confirmed that a 13th person in the area has died.
Officials say the hospital patient, who lived in the 75089 zip code, was diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease and later died.
Since the first of the year, Dallas County has reported 319 human cases of West Nile infection.
The county has fought infestation with ground and aerial spraying, but still say the threat should be considered a major public health concern.
Of all the human West Nile Virus infections reported in the United States 27-percent have been in Dallas County.
Also on Wednesday, DCHHS announced that ground mosquito insecticide spraying will be done in the City of Irving.
If weather permits, spraying will be done on both August 29 and August 30, around 10 p.m.
The spraying will be centered on four cluster areas, mainly in the far south and west portions of the city, where positive West Nile virus mosquito pools have been found.
While everyone is at risk of being affected by West Nile Virus, the very young and people age 50 and older are at a higher risk of developing a severe infection.
While human West Nile infection is rare, as a precaution 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
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