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Growing concerns over the deadly West Nile Virus the mosquito borne illness is -- more than ten deaths in north Texas and hundreds of cases have been reported in the area.
Federal and local officials holding a meeting one day after Dallas County declared a public health emergency.
As a major outbreak.
That's why we're declaring that there's a disaster here we need to make sure that people do all they can do to protect themselves Dallas County also authorizing aerial spraying of insecticide hoping to kill mosquitoes.
It would be the county's first aerial spraying since 1966.
It is a safe and an effective way to.
To do cut down a number of mosquitoes with a plane you can hit a much higher.
Area much larger area and you can hit it.
More uniformly -- more directly.
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saying the nation is experiencing its biggest spike in west Nile since 2004.
In Oklahoma the number of cases increasing dramatically across the state.
At least 31 have been confirmed so far this year that's more than the past four years combined.
And in Indiana health officials have confirmed about five cases of west Nile at least one has been reported in Nebraska.
The disease can cause fever headaches swollen glands or a rash but there are no medications to treat it.
Or vaccines to prevent health officials are also calling on the public for help urging them to where insecticide.
And -- remove any stagnant water like you see back there from their property because it is a breeding ground for these mosquitoes.
In Dallas Casey Stegall Fox News.
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