Julie Fine, NBC 5 News
The City of Dallas reported its first human case of West Nile virus saying doctors are treating a 60-year-old man with the neuroinvasive form of the disease. This is the fourth case in Dallas County.
Dallas County Health and Human Services said Monday they have confirmed the fourth human case of West Nile virus in the county for the 2013 season.
The patient, a 60-year-old man, lives in the 75224 zip code, which makes it the first human case in the city of Dallas this year.
The person was diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. As per usual, further information about the patient is being withheld due to privacy reasons.
Assistant city manager Joey Zapata said the city has added an additional trap at Kiest Park to continue to check for mosquitoes that test positive for the West Nile virus before approving any additional ground spraying.
Results from the trap set Monday are expected to be received Wednesday or Thursday. After those results are in, officials will determine whether additional spraying is necessary in the 75224 zip code. With four cases confirmed so far this year, aerial spraying does remain a possibility.
"There is no magic to predict when a West Nile virus will peak, when it will begin and when it will end," said Dr. Jade Le of Parkland Hospital.
Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states, "The easiest and best way to avoid WNV is to prevent mosquito bites.
NBC 5's Julie Fine contributed to this report.