IRVING – Another person has died from West Nile-related complications in Dallas County, marking the 14th victim there this summer.
According to the county’s Health and Human Services Director Zach Thompson, this person lived in the 75062 ZIP code, which is a pocket of Irving extending north of Texas Highway 183 to West Northgate Drive, with the border of Texas Highway 114 to the east and International Parkway to the west.
Thompson said the victim was a woman in her seventies who was diagnosed with West Nile in July.
This is the city of Irving’s third death attributed to the West Nile virus.
When Dallas County offered aerial spraying for mosquitoes carrying West Nile last month, Irving city officials only asked for 3,800 acres to be sprayed. Clarke, the company contracted for the operation, said municipalities needed to commit to 5,000 acres in order for the spraying to be effective.
So while aerial spraying was not performed in Irving, city officials there employed ground spraying of targeted areas where positive mosquito traps were found.
There have been 335 human cases of West Nile diagnosed in Dallas County, 20 of which were in Irving.