West Nile Being Monitored Locally as Fears Spread Statewide

Much like the mosquito spraying in major Texas cities continues, so do fears about West Nile Virus.

The Dallas area seems to have been hardest hit, with nearly 300 confirmed cases at last check, many of them causing the neuro-invasive that can be deadly.

Friday on First News at Four, Brazos County Judge Duane Peters said the county and health department officials continue to monitor the situation here.

"I don't think we're at the point that we want to start any spraying because the ratio of cases to number of people has risen to that level yet, but it always is and still continues to be a concern, and we continue to watch," Peters said.

The judge added that if conditions warrant additional action being taken, the county will consider it, including spraying.

Brazos County health department officials continue to emphasize that the entire county should be considered positive for the disease.

So far, there have been just a pair of human cases of West Nile Virus in Brazos County. We're told both people are recovering from their cases, and each did not suffer from the neuro-invasive version of the disease.

The Dallas Morning News reports aerial spraying has ended in Dallas County after eight days, although more flights may happen. So far, 11 deaths there from the virus have been reported. That's more than a fourth of the 41 deaths recorded by the Centers for Disease Control for this year nationwide.

Friday, the Associated Press reported a second death in Denton County. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, there have now been a reported 19 deaths. Statewide, the death toll is at 29.

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