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DALLAS -- Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed the third human case of West Nile virus this season in the county Monday.

The patient lives in the 75238 ZIP code in the Lake Highlands area and was diagnosed with West Nile fever, the less-severe of the two forms of West Nile virus. No other information was released.

'We want our residents to know the mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus are here and they're active,' said Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zach Thompson in a statement. 'Our mosquito surveillance program and the county and municipal abatement teams are taking appropriate actions to ensure the safety of our residents. However, it is important for residents to take the necessary precautions.'

As always, health authorities urge residents to take protections against mosquito bites by practicing the 4 D's:

  • Wear insect repellent with DEET
  • Dress in long, loose, and light-colored clothing
  • Drain standing water
  • Limit outdoor activity during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active
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