Update, October 3, 2013
The City of Burleson will conduct ground-based spraying for mosquitoes starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, in the Old Town area (see map
). The ground spraying, performed by trucks with foggers, will be conducted in targeted subdivisions within a one-mile buffer surrounding the 300 block of West Eldred Street. The City detected a positive trap in the 300 block of West Eldred. The spraying will take place in that area on two consecutive nights, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5, between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. 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. For more information about the ground spraying, call 817-426-9832 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
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.
Center for Disease Control Fact Sheet on West Nile Virus
City of Burleson News Releases
June 5, 2013: City reports no positive West Nile Virus tests
May 6, 2013: City will ground spray for mosquitoes
April 1, 2013: Prevent mosquito breeding sites