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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – This afternoon there are two West Nile Virus-related deaths being reported in North Texas — this time in both Dallas and Tarrant County.

Fort Worth Code Compliance Director Brandon Bennett broke news there during a Fort Worth City Council meeting.

“Unfortunately just this afternoon we received an update from Tarrant County Public Health that we now have three fatalities in the City of Fort Worth,” he said. “The third one occurring in zip code 76107.”

Vanessa Joseph with the Tarrant County Health Department said the death, “Brings our total of West Nile Virus related deaths to six.”

Less than an hour later officials with Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) confirmed the 15th West Nile Virus-related death there.

DCHHS officials say the victim lived in 75052 zip code, which is in Grand Prairie.

Bennett said the 76107 zip code in Fort Worth includes the Arlington Heights area and that victim there was elderly.

“It was a gentleman in his 70′s that had a number of underlying medical conditions and we’re still getting data from the health department on that.”

News of the deaths come as counties across North Texas had begun to see a decline in human West Nile Virus cases and a drop in positive virus results in mosquitos.

Bennett rightly warned that the threat was not over and said Tarrant County officials are watching closely in case the trend goes back up.

Tuesday’s deaths bring the number of West Nile

North Texans are being advised to take precautions against mosquito bites and potential infection by:

• Staying indoors at dawn, dusk and in the early evening
• Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors
• Spraying clothing with repellents containing permethrin or DEET
• Repairing or replacing all screens in your home that have tears or holes
• Eliminating standing water that collects on your property