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There are dozens of types of mosquitoes in North Texas -- more than 50, in fact. A mosquito hunter who works with the city of Denton helps explain the differences between the bugs.


The Texas Medical Association has picked a North Texas doctor to be its next president. What stands out about him is what he’s been through. Almost a decade ago, Dr. Don Read nearly died from the West Nile Virus.


Scientists are thinking up new ways to prevent Zika and west Nile Virus in Texas. Still, some say the older ideas might be better.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Plano will release the fish in a large pond this afternoon; more people are arrested for student loan debt in Houston than any other major city; a Texas Senator fears for the U.S. electric grid; and more.

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By now many people in North Texas have heard of the Zika virus, but few have firsthand experience. Dr. David Vanderpool does. Vanderpool was raised and educated in Dallas and has seen the toll the disease is taking south of the border, in the poorest country of the Americas – Haiti. He says whether or not the Zika virus spreads to the U.S., we need to be paying close attention.


This summer, dozens of mosquitos in testing sites across North Texas have turned up positive for West Nile virus. It’s nothing like the record year of 2012 when 89 people died across Texas. So far this year, only two human cases of the virus have been reported in North Texas. But the dry weather that's come after big rains could mean we're in for a long skeeter season.


Dallas County Health and Human Services says it's confirmed the first human case of West Nile for 2015.

West Nile Virus Came To Texas Early This Year

Jun 1, 2015

West Nile Virus season usually shows up in Texas in June, but it came early this year. About two weeks ago, Mesquite had the first mosquito trap in Texas this year to test positive for West Nile. Harris County reported the state’s first human case around the same time.


Your toes may be numb and your lips chapped, but the cold isn’t all bad for your health. Here are three things to appreciate about cold weather.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas Christian University's education project changes its name for a good reason, the state's obesity rate is up, West Nile in Arlington, and more.


Dallas County Health and Human Services has confirmed the first cases of West Nile virus of the season. 

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A second Dallas resident has been diagnosed with West Nile virus.

The resident lives in the 75224 zip code, which is in the Oak Cliff area, Dallas County’s health and human services department announced today. It's the same zip code where this year's only West Nile death was reported last week.  The latest case is the sixth reported in the county so far this year.

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Dallas County has another human West Nile virus case, the third in as many days.

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Dallas County Health and Human Services announced the second human West Nile virus case in Dallas County for the 2013 season. This time, it is the more serious version of the virus, West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. 

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Dallas County reports its first human case of West Nile virus this year. A resident of Richardson has West Nile Fever, the less severe form of the mosquito-transmitted illness.

Come summertime, some of us here at Shots are reminded, as we lounge on decks and venture into overgrown gardens, that we are irresistible to mosquitoes. As we gripe about our itchy, pocked limbs, we can't help but wonder just why they unfailingly devour us and pass over our friends and loved ones. And when it comes to repellent, it's hard to tell just what works best.

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UT Southwestern has developed a formula that it says could revolutionize the way communities fight West Nile.

And even though recent rains have drenched North Texas, researchers don’t expect a sudden dramatic spike in West Nile cases.

West Nile virus looked like it was waning as a health threat, with the number of cases dropping each year. Then last summer, it roared back.

The number of people infected with the mosquito-borne illness suddenly spiked in 2012. And Dallas was hit hardest of all.

People showed up in emergency rooms with encephalitis and paralysis, unable to breathe on their own.

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The Dallas Zoo has thousands of new residents.  Two hives of honeybees moved in last week.  The Zoo is partnering with Texas Honeybee Guild to shore up dwindling bee numbers after a big loss last year.

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Dallas will spray for mosquitoes tonight in eight different neighborhoods, after an increase in the number of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus.

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City of Dallas mosquito-spraying trucks will be out in half a dozen neighborhoods tonight and tomorrow night, weather permitting.

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A Fort Worth woman in her 40’s has developed Tarrant County’s first case of West Nile virus this season.   It’s also the first case reported in North Texas.

Tarrant County Public Health says she has the milder form, not the neuroinvasive form that more often leads to long-term illness, paralysis or death.

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Texas has its first human case of West Nile Virus this season. 

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Governor Perry has signed Senate Bill 186, giving health officials another tool to fight West Nile.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Helen Giddings and Sen. John Carona, both of Dallas, gives authorities access to stagnant water on abandoned properties and swimming pools.  

Dallas County health officials say that last year they had numerous complaints about standing water on uninhabited properties that was breeding mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes carry the West Nile virus that can be fatal or cause severe neurological damage.

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After finding mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus earlier than usual in at least two cities, Dallas County officials have begun urging outdoor use of mosquito repellent containing DEET. But what is DEET? And is there any reason to be concerned about using it any time we’re outdoors? Some answers in this edition of Vital Signs from David Jefferson, Tarrant County’s Environmental Health Manager.

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Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus have arrived earlier than ever before in North Texas. Last week, several traps in Richardson had mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus – last year West Nile didn’t appear until May. 

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The four DFW counties are teaming up to fight West Nile virus this year.

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Dallas County is tripling the number of mosquito-spraying trucks available for this West Nile Virus season. And, the County Judge is backing a new state law that attacks abandoned swimming pools – fertile mosquito breeding grounds.

Fighting West Nile

Feb 15, 2013

In 2012, Texas became the national epicenter for cases of human infection from the West Nile virus, and nowhere did the mosquito-borne disease claim more victims than in Dallas County. 

Statewide more than 80 Texans died and nearly 2,000 became severely ill.  Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings  declared a state of emergency and authorized the city’s first aerial spraying of pesticides since 1966.    

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The mosquito population in parts of Dallas and Denton counties actually increased after last summer’s aerial pesticide spraying.  But, the Centers for Disease Control found the number of human cases of the mosquito-borne illness went down.