A Far West Dallas resident was diagnosed with the county’s first case of West Nile virus this year, health officials say.
The patient, who lives in the 75248 ZIP code, was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease, the more debilitating form of the mosquito-borne illness.
Dallas County Health and Human Services called it the first human case of the infection this year, though it’s awaiting confirmation from Texas Department of State Health Services.
"Our mosquito surveillance program and the county and municipal abatement teams are taking appropriate actions to ensure the safety of our residents," DCHHS director Zachary Thompson said in a statement. "However, it is important for residents to take the necessary precautions."
Three people in Dallas County died last year as a result of the virus. In October, a Mesquite resident became the third person of 2016 to die from West Nile virus. A Carrollton resident in his or her 60s died from the virus in August. A Far North Dallas resident in his or her late 50s died as a result of the virus in September.