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West Nile Virus
City schedules weekend ground spraying
Today, Sept. 26, 2014, the City’s environmental services division was notified that a mosquito trap in the 300 block of West Eldred Street tested positive for West Nile virus.

The City of Burleson will conduct three nights – Saturday/Sunday/Monday - of ground-based spraying for mosquitoes starting at 9 p.m. on Sept. 27. The ground spraying will be performed by trucks with foggers in targeted subdivisions within the designated spray zone. The Eldred Street spray zone encompasses 841 single family homes and 62 apartment units.

Spraying will take place between 9 p.m. on Sept. 27 and 6 a.m. on Sept. 28, then again from 9 p.m. on Sunday to 6 a.m. on Monday and 9 p.m. on Monday to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, weather permitting. In the event of rain or if wind speeds are above 10 miles per hour, the spraying will be rescheduled.

Eldred Street Designated Spray Zone

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.

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 percent) 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.

Additional Resources
Center for Disease Control Fact Sheet on West Nile Virus

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