West Nile Virus

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. 
   

City will spray Zones 7 and 9 on July 30 and July 31, 2016


On July 29, 2016, the City’s environmental services division was notified that mosquito traps tested positive for West Nile virus. This includes: 

  • Zone 7, in the area of Alsbury Boulevard, Douglas Street, Hemphill Street, the Hwy. 174 service road, and Renfro Street.
  • Zone 9, in the area of Wilshire Boulevard, Gregory Street, Rigney Way and N. Burleson Blvd.

The City of Burleson will conduct ground-based spraying for mosquitoes between 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, and 5 a.m. on Sunday, July 31, and then again between 9 p.m. on July 31 and 5 a.m. on August 1. The ground spraying will be performed by trucks with foggers in targeted subdivisions within the designated spray zones. 

Zone 7 Mosquito Spray Zone map 
Zone 9 Mosquito Spray Zone map
  

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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