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 Zone 2 on August 20 and August 21, 2016

On August 19, 2016, the City’s environmental services division was notified that one mosquito trap tested positive for West Nile virus. This is in Zone 2, in the area of Houston Road, Brooks Road, Renfro Street, Christopher Road, and Cindy Court.

The City of Burleson will conduct ground-based spraying for mosquitoes between 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, and 5 a.m. on Sunday, August 21, and then again between 9 p.m. on August 21 and 5 a.m. on August 22. The ground spraying will be performed by trucks with foggers in targeted subdivisions within the designated spray zones. 
 
Zone 2 Mosquito Spray Zone map 
 
Spray Zone 2 is .587 square miles/5.47 street miles and includes 259 single family homes, one school, and a calculated population of 676 people. 
    

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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