DALLAS - Health experts from Dallas County, the state and federal governments converged in Dallas Friday to address the West Nile Virus epidemic.
The goal of the closed door meeting at 1:30 pm in the Dallas County Commissioners Court is to create an action plan for how best to move forward to curb the outbreak if possible as it threatens to worsen before it improves.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has invited the experts to attend the meeting after declaring a public health emergency last night. It's likely to lead to more money and resources to tackle the ongoing efforts of spraying insecticide.
The discussion of aerial spraying versus ground spraying of insecticide is also likely to arise.
Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zach Thompson says involving all the experts in emergency management at every level also ensures the county does not take a miss step as it moves forward.
To date so far in 2012, nine people have died of West Nile Virus in Dallas County. More than 175 people have reported having the virus. Thompson expects more deaths and reported cases before the season is over.
Starting Monday night, Dallas County will begin spraying insecticide for three consecutive days in the hardest hit areas of north Dallas to curb the mosquito population.
Details about Friday's closed door meeting are expected to be made public around 3 p.m.