Health officials confirmed two new cases of West Nile virus in Dallas County on Friday, bringing the total number of human cases in 2014 up to five.
A Farmers Branch resident was released from the hospital after fighting the neuroinvasive form of West Nile virus, and a Dallas resident who lives in the 75223 zip code was diagnosed with West Nile fever.
While it is unknown where the patient with the neuroinvasive form of West Nile virus was exposed, health officials said the person had recently traveled to a region outside of Dallas County where there had been confirmed human cases of West Nile neuroinvasive disease.
The best way to combat the spread of West Nile virus is to eliminate standing, stagnant water that promotes mosquito-breeding areas, experts said.
Also, avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus; wear long, loose and light-colored clothing while outside; and limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.