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Human cases of West Nile virus confirmed in Dallas County

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DALLAS, TX (KLTV) - Two cases of West Nile virus in humans have been confirmed in Dallas County.

According to Erikk Neroes, with the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services, the cases occurred in Dallas and Coppell.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne illness. Up to 80 percent of people infected with the virus will show no symptoms, but infections can result in serious illness or death. People over the age of 50 or those with a weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if infected with the virus.

Because West Nile virus season and mosquito activity is unpredictable, DSHS began an early campaign in March 2014 and continues to perform year-round mosquito surveillance. DSHS advises citizens to use insect repellent all day to decrease the risk of not being protected against West Nile virus.

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