Dallas County confirms second West Nile virus death of 2016

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported the second death in North Texas linked to the West Nile virus in 2016 on Monday.

DALLAS (WFAA) -  Dallas County Health and Human Services reported the second death in North Texas linked to the West Nile virus in 2016 on Monday.

The patient was a Far North Dallas resident in ZIP code 75248. County officials said the patient was in the late 50s age range and diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease, the more serious of the two forms of the virus. 

No other patient identifying information will be released.

The first death was reported on August 8. In that case, the patient was a Carrollton resident living in the 75006 ZIP code area and reported to be in the age range of 60s. 

After the first death was reported, city spokesperson Susan Prosoco, said Carrollton Animal Services conducted a ground-based pesticide spraying in the area where the victim lived on July 19 after the patient was diagnosed.

The best way to protect yourself from the West Nile virus is to prevent mosquito bites. You can do that by following these tips:

  • Applying insect repellent that contains DEET
  • Wearing pants and long-sleeve shirts
  • Closing windows and using screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home
  • Remove standing water that has collected anywhere around your home
  • Avoid outdoor activities at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active
  • Cover trash cans or other containers where water might collect


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