According to WFAA, the city of Dallas has confirmed the first fatal human case of West Nile in the area this year. The victim was reportedly in his or her 60s and had previous medical conditions.

Although risk factors such as old or very young age and pregnancy, make you more susceptible to develop a severe case of West Nile, here are some tips for avoiding it this season:

  • Use repellents daily
  • Wear long, loose-fitting clothing
  • Remove or drain any standing water around your home
  • Avoid prolonged exposure outside in the evening after the sun goes down
  • Change pet bowls, bird baths or wading pools daily
  • Cover trash containers or any receptacles that will hold standing water

The city will begin spraying at 10 p.m. Wednesday until 3 a.m. Thursday. It is recommended that during this time residents stay indoors. If you are in a car, make sure all the windows and doors are sealed tightly. The spraying will occur in two Dallas areas:

South Oak Cliff in the area bounded by Louisiana Ave., South Denley Ave., McVey Ave., and RL Thornton Freeway.

North Dallas in the area bounded by Royal Lane, Hillcrest Road, Park Lane, and Dallas North Tollway.

Symptoms of the fever mimic flue-like symptoms and can include headaches, fatigue, fever, nausea, and sore throat. When in doubt, contact your physician.

For more information contact DCHHS Environmental Health Division at 214.819.2115.