West Nile

3:18 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Second Dallas Resident Diagnosed With West Nile

A second Dallas resident has been diagnosed with West Nile.
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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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6:07 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Dallas County: First Human West Nile Case For '13

Dallas County reported 398 cases of human West Nile virus in 2012. Twenty people died of the mosquito-transmittted illness.
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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.

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5:19 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Why Mosquitoes Love Me, And Other Mysteries Revealed

The mosquitoes that feed on people are attracted to over 300 gases and other compounds emitted by human skin.
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Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 12:44 pm

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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3:34 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

New Formula Could Help Stop West Nile Epidemics Before They Start

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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.

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Texas News
6:00 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Queen Bees Create Big Buzz At Dallas Zoo

The queens arrive and wait on the front seat of Brandon and Susan Pollard's pickup to be escorted to new hives.
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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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5:56 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Mosquito Spraying Starts In Dallas

Mosquito control officials are working to prevent a repeat of last year's outbreak of West Nile Virus. The four metro counties reported more than 900 human cases of the mosquito-transmitted illness, and more than three dozen deaths.
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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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4:22 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Tarrant Reports First West Nile Case Of Season

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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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6:04 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Texas Reports First West Nile Virus Case

In Dallas County, West Nile positive mosquitoes have been found in Richardson and Highland Park so far this season.
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Texas has its first human case of West Nile Virus this season. 

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7:15 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

New Law Will Give Health Officials Tool To Fight West Nile

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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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7:35 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

DFW Counties Form Unified Front Against Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus

The four counties, Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin, reported more than 900 human cases of West Nile virus in 2012, and 36 deaths.
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The four DFW counties are teaming up to fight West Nile virus this year.

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