2012 was a record year for West Nile Virus cases in North Texas. Nearly 400 people were infected with the virus in Dallas County alone. 17 people died. And experts still aren’t ready to declare the season is over.
The West Nile Virus continues to be a danger in North Texas. Wednesday officials with Tarrant Public Health confirmed the eighth virus-related death in that county.
Officials with Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) are reporting that a sixteenth person there has died from West Nile Virus-related health issues.
A second person has died from the West Nile Virus in Plano, while the total number of reported cases in the city remains at 28.
While the calendar inches closer to the end of mosquito season health officials in Dallas County are already working on their West Nile virus plan of attack for next year.
A fourteenth person in Dallas County has died from West Nile Virus related health issues.
Health officials said Wednesday that this is the worst year ever for West Nile in Texas, which has seen about half of the country’s deaths from the virus this season.
Spraying for the mosquitos that carry West Nile can be very costly. But while several communities are scaling back on spraying, one city is talking about adding it to their fall budget.
One North Texas city has plans to expand its ability to fight mosquitos carrying West Nile Virus, even if the insects are around into the fall.
Aerial spraying scheduled for Friday evening in Denton County was interrupted by gusty winds.
Preliminary tests show aerial spraying in Dallas County may have dramatically decreased the number of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.
The North Texas weather is having an impact on the battle against West Nile Virus. Officials in Denton County have delayed their plans to start aerial mosquito spraying tonight.