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First West Nile Virus Death Confirmed In Dallas County

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - On Tuesday the Dallas County Health and Human Services department confirmed the county's first West Nile Virus death of 2013.

The patient, who lived in the Oak Cliff area zip code 75224, was diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease.

20 people died in Dallas County alone and hundreds more were infected during the peak of the epidemic in 2012.

Health officials are urging North Texans to remember the five D's when it comes to controlling the presence of mosquitoes.

  • DRAIN—all areas of standing water including changing water in wading pools, birdbaths, and cleaning out gutters;
  • DEET—Use bug spray and protect clothing with repellents containing permethrin or DEET;
  • DRESS—Dress in light- colored clothing with long sleeves and wear long pants;
  • DUSK/DAWN—Limit outdoor exposure at dusk and dawn;
  • DOORS—Keep door and window screens in good repair

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