West Nile Virus

City schedules ground spraying August 22 and August 23, 2015
On August 21, 2015, the City’s environmental services division was notified that two mosquito traps tested positive for West Nile virus. Those traps are in Zones 2 and 4 and include the area of Houston Road, Brooks Road, Renfro Street, Christopher Road and Cindy Court; and, in the area of Hidden Creek Parkway, Burleson Boulevard and Hurst Road.

We will be spraying for mosquitoes in those areas sometime between 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 22 and 6 a.m. on Sunday, August 23, and again sometime between 9 p.m. on August 23 and 6 a.m. on Monday, August 24, weather permitting. In the event of rain or if wind speeds are above 10 miles per hour, the spraying will be rescheduled. This method of spraying targets flying mosquitoes that come in contact with the pesticide in the spray or fog. These times have been chosen because they are the times that most mosquitoes are active (flying). For more information call 817-426-9832. 

Zone 2 mosquito spray map 
Zone 4 mosquito spray map 

Overview
West Nile Virus (WNV) is spread by infected mosquitoes. In most cases, mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread West Nile Virus to humans and other animals when they bite.

Symptoms
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 4 out of 5 people infected with WNV will not show any symptoms at all. Some people (up to 20%) may experience mild symptoms, including fever, headache, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Symptoms can last for as short as a few days, though even healthy people have become sick for several weeks.

About 1 in 150 people infected with WNV will develop severe illness. The symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremor convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent.

People typically develop symptoms between 3 and 14 days after they are bitten by the infected mosquito.

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