Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Fourth West Nile Virus case found in Plano
The person lived in the 75025 zip code.
PLANO A fourth person in Plano has been diagnosed with West Nile virus, the city announced Monday.
The person lives in the 75025 zip code, which is in northern Plano and includes Ridgeview Ranch Golf Course and Russell Creek Park. The latest diagnosis brings the total number of human cases confirmed in Plano this year to four.
To date, all human cases tested positive for the non-neuroinvasive form of West Nile, which presents with symptoms similar to influenza in some people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than 1 percent of infected people develop the serious form of illness, West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease.
In addition, a positive mosquito sample was collected during the week of September 9 in the area south of 14th Street between Shiloh Road and Park Vista. This marks the fifth mosquito pool testing positive for WNV in Plano this year.
The Environmental Health department continues following Plano's Integrated Mosquito Management Program by identifying areas for mosquito habitat reduction, monitoring for mosquito activity, and applying mosquito larvicide and spraying as necessary.
Successful management of the area's mosquito population and protection of residents is a cooperative partnership between city staff and residents. Residents are strongly encouraged to exercise the following personal preventive measures:
Reduce mosquito breeding habitat by draining standing water, cutting high grass and clearing excess brush at home
Maintain swimming pools
Use mosquito repellant containing DEET or an alternative compound approved by the Environmental Protection Agency
Avoid outdoor exposure when mosquitoes are most active - times near dawn and dusk
Wear clothing with long sleeves and long pants when outdoors
For more information, call the city of Plano's West Nile Virus Information Hotline at 972-941-7180 or visit plano.gov/westnilevirus.
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