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Don’t Stop Worrying Yet About West Nile

Jun 23, 2016 02:41PM ● By Editorial Intern f

Photo via Flickr by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

In 2014, we reported on the first human case of West Nile virus for the 2014 season originating from the City of Crowley. West Nile Fever is the term used for the mild form of the disease, while the suffix “Neuroinvasive Disease” added to the sickness makes the case much more concerning to one’s health.

Unfortunately, the West Nile Virus is back with vengeance. Mosquito traps in Duncanville, Cedar Hill, Lancaster and Richardson tested positive for the virus this week, prompting Dallas County and Richardson crews to spray in affected areas.

The necessary spraying will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. today and Sunday in Lancaster, while crews will be spraying from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. today, Friday and Sunday in Cedar Hill and Duncanville, as long as the weather allows it.

In Richardson, crews will be spraying a neighborhood Thursday and Friday beginning at 9 p.m. and ending by 4:30 the area bordered by U.S. 75, Campbell Road, Arapaho Road and Westshore Drive.

Dallas County Health and Human Services advises that residents stay indoors when sprayers are in the area.

Symptoms to look out for if you think you have West Nile are fever, headache, muscle aches, confusion, nausea, rashes and a stiff neck. These warning signals commonly appear from three to 15 days after you are bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus. To refrain from being bitten by infected mosquitos, the health department advises you to:

  • Use insect repellent containing DEET when outside.
  • Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.
  • Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace.
  • Standing water can be treated with EPA-approved larvicides to kill mosquitoes before they become adults.
  • Limit outdoor activities during dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

More information is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at