Spraying For West Nile Virus After 2nd Death In Dallas County

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DALLAS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A second person in Dallas County has died from the West Nile Virus.

Officials with Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) confirmed the victim was in his or her late 50s and had been previously diagnosed with the more severe West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease.

While no specific information about the individual, like gender or race, has not been released we do know the person who died lived in the 75248 zip code, in North Dallas between the Dallas North Tollway and Coit Road.

There have been some 42 human cases of West Nile in Dallas County alone so far this season. The first 2016 West Nile-related death in the county was in August, when a Carrolton resident in their 60s died after being diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease.

The latest West Nile related diagnosis was announced Monday, in Coppell. The person there has the less severe West Nile Fever.

Several cities across North Texas will be conducting ground spraying/fogging this evening.

Tonight the cities of Arlington, Pantego and Coppell will spray in areas where mosquito traps tested positive for West Nile.

Health officials say the latest diagnosis and death is a reminder that everyone should still take precautions against mosquito bites by practicing the Five D’s –

  • 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

Click here to find out more information on West Nile from DCHHS.

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