Dallas County Confirms 20th West Nile Virus Death From 2012 Season

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – The number of deaths from last year’s record breaking West Nile season continues to grow.

Dallas County Health and Human Services has confirmed another person, who contracted the disease last year, died last month.

The patient, who was in their 70s, lived in Northeast Dallas, in the the 75214 zip code, which is bordered on the east by White Rock Lake. DCHHS does not provide any additional identifying information for privacy reasons.

At the end of April, Dallas kicked off an aggressive plant to fight the virus that sickened hundreds and caught the city off guard last year.

This year the city is increasing efforts to stop the virus by using three times as many mosquito traps, paying extra for lab results to be returned faster, and by adding an additional pesticide spraying truck.

The City of Dallas said it will also be responding to…

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