Austin, Texas — In the last two weeks, the number of reported cases of the West Nile virus has nearly doubled in Texas. There were 30 deaths out of a total 723 reported cases of the virus in Texas as of Aug. 27, according to the Department of State Heath Services.
North Texas has been hit with the worst outbreak of the virus, with more than 200 cases reported in Dallas County and at least 174 cases reported in Tarrant County. As The Dallas Morning News reports, the death count in Dallas increased to 12 since the DSHS released the counts used to make this interactive. And the county is continuing to spray insecticide to kill mosquitoes in high-risk areas.
Read more and link to the interactive database here.