Workers in Dallas have been passing through neighborhoods to hand out educational materials, drain standing water and apply larvicide to puddles. Other communities are providing tablets to kill mosquito larvae, and using automated phone messages and social media to spread the word.
The strategies were implemented this summer as the virus has infected hundreds of people and killed more than 20 others across Texas. The Dallas County area has been the hardest hit, with about 300 falling ill.
Officials have not ruled out doing more aerial spraying.
The current West Nile outbreak is one of the largest in the U.S., with four times the usual number of cases for this time of year, federal health officials said.
It's still too early to say how bad the year will end up because most infections are reported in August and September. But never before have so many illnesses been reported this early, said Dr. Lyle Petersen, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"We're in the midst of one of the largest West Nile outbreaks ever seen in the United States," said Petersen, who oversees the CDC's mosquito-borne illness programs.
So far, 1,118 illnesses have been reported, about half of them in Texas. In an average year, fewer than 300 cases are reported by mid-August. There have also been 41 deaths this year, the CDC said.
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The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
As the Austin area prepares itself for an impending winter storm on Friday, Dec. 6, many schools have already announced delays.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.