West Nile Death
Health officials say they’re convinced this will be the worst year for West Nile virus deaths and severe illnesses since the disease hit America’s shores in 1999.
This afternoon there are two West Nile Virus-related deaths being reported in North Texas — this time in both Dallas and Tarrant County.
West Nile Virus nearly killed Dr. Don Read seven years ago. When he recovered, the Dallas colorectal surgeon formed a support group. Now, because of all the cases this year, he’s re-starting the group next week.
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.
There are now more than a dozen Dallas County residents who have died from West Nile Virus related health issues. Wednesday officials with Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) confirmed that a 13th person in the area has died.
Dallas County Health and Human Services is teaming up with a mosquito protection company to provide needy residents with insect repellent. DCHHS and Cutter® Insect Repellent will hand out free insect repellent to low-income residents and senior citizens.
The number of Dallas County residents who have died from West Nile Virus related health issues now stands at 12. Officials say the hospital patient lived in the 75060 zip code.
During a Dallas County Commissioners Court meeting Tuesday leaders agreed aerial spraying for the West Nile Virus should begin. County lleaders are now waiting for 5 p.m. Wednesday, the deadline given to mayors to submit their opinions on spraying in their individual cities.
A ninth person in Dallas County has died from complications from the West Nile Virus.
There’s a new battle in the fight against West Nile Virus, but it’s not about which insecticide to use, but how to use it: by air or by ground.