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West Nile Cases Increase Across Texas

Sean McCann
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The city of Rowlett is among those reporting increases in human cases of West Nile Virus.

Rowlett’s third human case of West Nile was confirmed by the Dallas County Health Department and is in the same area as Rowlett's second human case.

In response Dallas County will spray the affected area in the 75088 zip code between 10 tonight and 3am tomorrow morning.

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 241 human cases of West Nile  in 22 states. The bulk are in Texas, especially around the Dallas area. Health officials believe the mild winter, early spring and very hot summer have fostered breeding of the mosquitoes.

Officials continue to recommend wearing long sleeves, insect repellant, avoid being outside at dawn and dusk, and to drain pools of water to help prevent mosquito breeding.

Dallas County reports 109 human cases of West Nile, the most in the nation.

Related Links:

Rowlett's West Nile Info Page / Press Release Dallas County Health & Human Services West Nile Page Texas Dept. Of State Health Services West Nile Summary USGS Disease Map Of Human Cases Of West Nile In Texas CDC West Nile Data Page With Maps & Prevention Tips

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