LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting the second death this year from the West Nile virus.
The first death was 88-year-old William Spencer
, who died August 19th from complications related to West Nile virus.
The ADH says there have been 23 reported case of West Nile in Arkansas so far this year.
The City of Texarkana declared an emergency related to the virus outbreak. The state of emergency allows the city to being spraying for mosquitoes immediately.
In other cities, that won't be necessary. North Little Rock, for instance, has had a mosquito bite program for more than 30 years. It was set up because residents there don't like mosquitoes, not because of West Nile, but it works just the same.
"Hopefully we won't have a bad problem here, but we're doing what we can not to," explained Connie Fowler of the North Little Rock Health Department.
North Little Rock sprays for mosquitoes every weekday between the months of May and October from 7pm to 11pm.