DALLAS — Dallas County confirmed two more deaths related to the West Nile virus Monday, increasing the death toll to five this year.
That figure surpasses the previous record set in 2006.
Dallas County Health and Human Services did not release the identity of the patients, but confirmed that both were elderly and both lived in the 75225 zip code. Both patients also underlying health conditions.
As of Monday afternoon, a total of 194 West Nile cases had been reported Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin counties, with 94 cases in Dallas County.
The health department will be spraying in three areas for mosquitoes beginning Wednesday at 10 p.m. and concluding at 3 a.m. Thursday. During that time, residents are encouraged to stay indoors. If you are in your vehicle as spraying trucks pass, roll up your windows and turn on the air conditioning until the spray is no longer visible.
The first area, near White Rock, is bounded by Mockingbird Lane on the north, Williamson Road on the west, and bounded on the south and east by West Lawther Road.
The second area, in North Dallas, is bounded on the north by Walnut Hill Lane, on the west by Hillcrest Road, on the south by East Northwest Highway, and on the east by Central Expressway.
The third and final area, also in North Dallas, is bounded by Royal Lane on the north, Hillcrest Road on the west, Walnut Hill Lane on the south and on the east by Central Expressway.
Officials with DCHHS continue to encourage residents to practice the four "D"s:
- Use insect repellents that contain DEET
- Drain any standing water
- Dress in long, loose and light-colored clothing and
- Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn