Dallas Launches Air Assault Spraying to Battle West Nile Virus Outbreak
They are now launching an all-out air assault in Texas against the worst outbreak of West Nile virus in the country, with planes spraying chemicals targeting disease-carrying mosquitoes overnight. Ten people have died in Dallas and hundreds more have contracted the disease.
With hot, dry weather ripping through much of the country, Texas is not the only state having to make these tough decisions.
Casey Stegall, reporting from Dallas, said that 59 cases were found in Mississippi, 52 in Louisiana, 49 in Oklahoma and 32 in South Dakota. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 26 people have died nationwide.
Stegall went on to say that the reason this happening is due to the early spring and an extremely hot summer experienced by many in the U.S.