Health officials have confirmed two additional deaths in North Texas after victims contracted the West Nile virus.
Dallas County health officials say a seventh person has died after contracting the West Nile virus.
Dallas County Health and Human Services says the latest victim died in zip code 75159 and was diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease before they died.
For privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional details on the identity of the victim.
Another victim was confirmed by the Texas Department of State Health Services in Ellis County. There was no additional information shared about that victim.
To report or inquire about mosquito activity in the Dallas County area, contact 214-819-2115 or visit the DallasCounty.org West Nile virus web page.
West Nile Virus Facts
Most people bitten by a West Nile virus-infected mosquito will not show any symptoms. Symptoms, if they appear, are fever, headache, nausea, body aches, swollen lymph nodes and skin rashes.
Fewer than 1 percent of those infected with West Nile virus experience the serious form of the illness. Serious symptoms include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, tremors or convulsions, vision loss, muscle weakness and numbness or paralysis.
Both Dallas and Richardson are urging residents to:
- Drain standing water around their homes to reduce mosquito breeding grounds.
- Dress in pants and long sleeves when outside, but avoid becoming too hot.
- Apply an insect repellent that contains DEET to exposed skin and to clothing when outdoors.
- Stay indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.