IRVING An Irving woman in her 80s has died from the West Nile virus, marking the 12th victim in Dallas County to die from complications related to the mosquito-borne illness.
Dallas County Health and Human Services director Zachary Thompson confirmed the woman lived in the 75060 ZIP code, which is located in the heart of Irving. The woman also had underlying health issues, Thompson added.
City officials there opted out of aerial spraying for West Nile. Irving voted to spray 3,800 acres, but the contractor in charge of the aerial dousing required cities to agree to spray at least 5,000 acres.
The city has maintained that tests showed only a few Irving locations were considered high-risk for the virus. Rather than spray the minimum required, city leaders voted to continue with ground spraying in neighborhoods where mosquito traps caught specimens with West Nile.
In addition to the data supporting this decision, the city received an overwhelming amount of feedback from residents with concerns about the environmental hazards associated with aerial spraying, the city said in a news release at the time of the decision.
Dallas County has recorded 281 cases of West Nile, 18 of which were diagnosed in Irving.