Third West Nile virus death confirmed in Dallas County

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Posted on July 27, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 30 at 2:33 PM

DALLAS - A third person this year has died after being diagnosed with West Nile in Dallas County, read a statement released by the Dallas County Health and Human Services.

Authorities have not released the patient's name for privacy reason, but stated he lived in the 75050 zip code area and died last week.

Dallas County has reported 70 cases.

Friday, the Dallas County Office of Homeland Security filed a formal request for state assistance in their battle against the disease.

The DCHHS has used a "3 Ds" phase to inform residents how to defend themselves against the virus:

  • DEET – Use insect repellents that contain Deet, or any other FDA approved insect repellent
  • DRESS – Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing outside during dusk and dawn hours.
  • DRAIN – Remove all areas of standing water. Change water in wading pools, pet dishes and birdbaths several times a week.

 

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