Positive West Nile Virus Samples Found In Dallas County

(Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect that an additional mosquito sample tested positive for West Nile Virus in Highland Park Tuesday, an additional sample tested positive in University Park Wednesday, and another sample in the 75229 ZIP code tested positive Thursday).

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reported that mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile Virus in the 75205, 75229, and 75230 ZIP codes.

DCHHS said in April that the county experienced the most severe West Nile Virus years in 2012, 2016, and 2020. Dallas County reported 20 human cases of the virus and 498 positive mosquito tests in 2020.

“As the summer heats up and more people are getting outside, remember the four D’s: Dress, Drain, Dusk to Dawn, and DEET,” said Dr. Philip Huang, director of DCHHS, in the April statement. 

For more information, visit the Dallas County Health and Human Services website.

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at [email protected].com

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