There have been two deaths from the West Nile virus so far in Dallas. Here’s a map of the areas the City of Dallas has sprayed this year for West Nile (still working on the map). I’ll keep this map updated.
The elderly are particularly susceptible. Here are some prevention tips from the City of Dallas website:
How can I reduce my risk of getting West Nile Virus?
Preventing mosquito bites is the best way to avoid getting the West Nile Virus. Remember the Four Ds: Drain, Dusk/Dawn, Dress and DEET.
DRAIN standing water in your yard and neighborhood. Standing water can be found in swimming pools that are not kept clean, ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters.
DUSK/DAWN are the times of day you should stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active.
DRESS in long-sleeved shirts and wear pants when you are outside. Spray thin clothing with insect repellent.
DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent.