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7/20/06Dallas,TX

Dallas sees three new West Nile cases

There have been three new cases of the West Nile virus, Dallas officials announced on Tuesday.

The cases were reported in zip codes 75226, 75006 and 75149.

Two patients were diagnosed with West Nile meningitis, while one patient in zip code 75149 was diagnosed with West Nile encephalitis.

"We will continue to work with our city partners to protect Dallas County residents from mosquito-borne illnesses," said director of the Dallas County Health and Human Services, Zachary Thompson.

DCHHS West Nile prevention activities include surveillance, source reduction, larvaciding (killing mosquito larvae or wigglers) and public education.

"Prevention is the most effective way to reduce any mosquito-borne disease," Dr. John Carlo, of the DCHHS.

"The best way to avoid West Nile infection is to avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellent. Studies have shown that the majority of people who contracted the more serious form of West Nile virus did not use insect repellent."

People can also protect themselves by wearing long, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing when outside to avoid mosquito bites.

Doors, porches and window screens should be kept in good condition and frames sealed tightly to help keep mosquitoes out of the house.

Any leaking plumbing and outside faucets should be repaired and any standing water drained away.

For more information about mosquito activities in Dallas County, call the DCHHS Environmental Health Division at 214-819-2115 during normal business hours.

In 2005, Dallas County had 43 confirmed human cases of West Nile, with one death.

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