North Texas

West Nile Virus Season Peaks in North Texas

Summer may be winding down, but more and more cities in North Texas are reporting an increase in West Nile virus-positive pools.

Dallas County reported four more on Friday, bringing its total to 102 positive West Nile virus mosquito pools located this season.

Six human cases have been reported in Dallas County as of Friday.

And people in Fort Worth received the following message Friday: "FT WORTH: Number of mosquitoes w/ West Nile Virus continues to rise. Drain standing water in flower pots, pet bowls, toys. Use Insect spray w/ Deet."

Despite the rise, the current rate is relatively low compared to the West Nile virus epidemic that sickened hundreds of Dallas County residents in 2012.

Meanwhile, numerous cities are planning to spray for mosquitoes this weekend.

Health officials urge the public to take protective measures by utilizing the "4Ds" to reduce the risk of West Nile virus:

• DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellants that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
• DRESS: Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing outside.
• DRAIN: Remove all areas of standing water in and around your home.
• DUSK & DAWN: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.

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