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Dallas County confirms a tenth person has died after contracting the West Nile virus. Officials say the victim was a woman in her 90s with underlying health problems. The latest victim lived in zip code 75229. Due to the spread of the West Nile virus, Dallas will begin aerial sparying on Thursday. Last week, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins recommended aerial spraying to help kill the mosquito population that carries the virus.
"While the pesticide is generally considered safe, residents and their pets should avoid contact with the spray by staying indoors until 2 hours after the truck has passed their immediate area or daylight."
Who is more likely to get sick after being infected with West Nile virus?
Evidence shows that many people infected with West Nile virus have mild symptoms, or no symptoms at all. People with weaker immune systems and people with chronic diseases are at greater risk for serious health effects. While the overall risk of serious health effects increases with age, persons of any age or health status can be at risk of serious health effects associated with West Nile virus infection. That is why it is so important to avoid mosquito bites, especially if the virus is active in your neighbourhood, town or region.
While the insecticide is considered safe, residents in the above areas should avoid contact with the spray by staying indoors. Persons inside a vehicle while trucks are actively spraying should remain in their vehicles with the windows up and the air conditioner on until the trucks pass and the spray is no longer visible. Persons out during the scheduled spraying time should be alert for trucks and should not follow them. Residents who come in contact with the spray are advised to wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water. The spray breaks down quickly in the presence of sunlight and has no residual effect. Fish ponds should be protected and pets should be brought inside during the spraying period.
Originally posted by dustwolf
Heads up Dallas/Ft Worth areas, they just gave the go ahead to do aerial sprays. I don't know what they're going to be spraying but, I doubt it's going to be healthy.
Time for all you to go on vacation till the spraying's done... Far away!