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(credit: Kathy Keatley Garvey, UC Davis Dept. of Entomology)

(credit: Kathy Keatley Garvey, UC Davis Dept. of Entomology)

DALLAS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Tuesday afternoon health officials confirmed that a Dallas County resident has a human case of the West Nile virus. It’s the first reported human case in the county for the 2013 season.

The Richardson resident, who lives in the 75080 zip code, has been diagnosed with West Nile Fever.

In a press release statement Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zachary Thompson said the announcement was made in part to, “…alert the public that the mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus are here and they’re active.” Thompson added that, “It is important that residents do their part by taking the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to the virus.”

Immediately after DCHHS made the first human case known county officials announced that there would be two nights of consecutive mosquito spraying. The areas that will have ground spraying on July 30 and July 31 are in southwest and southeast Dallas. Infected mosquitoes had previously been found in a trap near the 3600 block of Mt. Rainer Street and in a Balch Springs trap near the Dallas City limits.

The scheduled ground spraying will happen between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. The southwest spraying area will be on the north by Davis Street, on the west by Cockrell Hill Road, bounded by Meredith Drive on the south and Westmoreland Road on the east.

The southeast spraying area will be on the north by Grady lane, on the west by Acres Drive, by Zurich Drive on the south and Edgeworth Drive on the east.

While the insecticide being sprayed has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, residents living in or traveling though a spraying area are advised to stay indoors, close all windows and outside doors, brings pets and pet dishes in for the night. Anyone traveling, who encounters a spray truck should remain in their vehicle, with the windows up and the air conditioner on, until the trucks pass and spray is no longer visible.

North Texas health officials are still urging residents to adhere to the five D’s when it comes to controlling the presence of mosquitoes.

  • DRAIN—all areas of standing water including changing water in wading pools, birdbaths, and cleaning out gutters;
  • DEET—Use bug spray and protect clothing with repellents containing permethrin or DEET;
  • DRESS—Dress in light- colored clothing with long sleeves and wear long pants;
  • DUSK/DAWN—Limit outdoor exposure at dusk and dawn;
  • DOORS—Keep door and window screens in good repair

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