DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Officials with Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) have confirmed that an 11th person has contracted the West Nile virus.
The person has been diagnosed with West Nile fever.
The infected Dallas resident lives in the 75249 zip code, south of Interstate 20 and west on US Highway 67.
“Dallas County wants to alert the public that the mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus are here and they’re active,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director.
To find out more about or to report mosquito activity in Dallas County, call (214) 819-2115 or visit Dallas County Health and Human Services online, or DCHHS on Facebook for more information.
As officials have advised for the this 2013 West Nile season and eery other, North Texans should take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes.
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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