(KCEN) -- For many, today starts a big holiday weekend, and when you think Labor Day, plenty of Central Texans are spending time outdoors putting them at risk to West Nile exposure.
The number of West Nile cases continues to grow.
Yesterday McLennan County confirmed another human case bringing the area wide count to 41.
Three of those cases ended in death and with hundreds of cases in North Texas the Dallas area is considered a hot spot for West Nile.
Yesterday another person died from the virus in Fort Worth making it the 36th death in Texas this year.
And Central Texans are going to great lengths to avoid West Nile.
Mother of two Melissa Garn says, "We are more careful at home actually and during the morning hours, dusk and dawn late in the afternoon too. We take precautions during the peak time when mosquitoes would be out."
Again we want to remind everyone that if you are going to go outside in the early morning hours or late in the afternoon to wear bug spray or long sleeved clothing.
Keep your rain gutters clear and empty unused birdbaths to reduce mosquito breeding grounds.