Dallas declares state of emergencyByron Chism, Mosquito Technician at Dallas County Mosquito Lab, holds a trap while collecting mosquitoes.
Wed, August 15, 2012 - 11:05 AM
The city of Dallas in the US state of Texas has declared a state of emergency as it struggles to contain an outbreak of mosquito-borne West Nile virus.
At least 14 people have died after contracting the virus in the state so far this year.
Almost 700 cases have been reported across the country - the highest number since 2004.
Texas residents have been urged to use insect repellent and avoid going out at dusk and dawn.
"The city of Dallas is experiencing a widespread outbreak of mosquito-borne West Nile Virus that has caused and appears likely to continue to cause widespread and severe illness and loss of life," Michael Rawlings said.
The move clears the way for aerial spraying to kill infected mosquitoes that transmit the disease. (BBC)
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