The Dallas County Medical Society said it wants the county to fight West Nile virus from the air.
DCMS spokeswoman Lauren Cowling told NBC 5 that a group of physicians held an emergency meeting Sunday night and unanimously voted to recommend aerial spraying for mosquitoes.
The DCMS sent a letter to the Dallas County Health and Human Services in support of aerial spraying, citing “historic levels” of West Nile virus cases.
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Zachary Thompson, county health department director, said he appreciates the group's support but said the county wants to keep spraying infected areas for mosquitoes and using larvicide to combat the virus.
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.