West Nile Aerial Spray
The Spraying will take place Thursday 8/30/12 from 9pm – 2am and Friday 8/31/12 from 9pm – 2am. Football games will be avoided till after 11:30pm.
West Nile Virus is a disease that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on the blood from infected birds.
The infected mosquitoes can then transmit West Nile Virus to humans and animals. West Nile disease can vary in severity. People 50 years of age and older have the highest risk of severe disease.
Severe West Nile infections can cause neurological complications such as encephalitis. Milder symptoms include fever, headache and muscle aches.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WEST NILE
Is it contagious?
No. West Nile is not spread through contact from person to person or from animal to person.
How is it diagnosed?
Diagnosis of WNV requires a special blood test. Anyone who experiences symptoms of severe WNV illness should see a physician as soon as possible.
What is the treatment?
There is no specific treatment for WNV infection. Patients receive supportive medical care and rehabilitation if needed.
What if I’m not experiencing any symptoms?
Most infected people will show no symptoms. Symptoms typically develop between 3 to 14 days after a mosquito bite.
As always, the first line of defense to prevent infection of the WNV is to avoid getting bitten in the first place. We urge citizens to be proactive by employing the 4-Ds of personal prevention:
DEET – use insect repellents that contain DEET, or any other EPA approved insect repellent
DRESS – Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing outside during dusk and dawn hours.
DRAIN – Remove all areas of standing water. Change water in wading pools, pet dishes and birdbaths several times a week.
DUSK/DAWN – Protect yourself during dusk and dawn hours
- West Nile Virus FAQs
- Aerial Application FAQs
- Duet FAQs
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Guidelines for Surveillance, Prevention and Control
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): West Nile Virus: Information and Guidance for Clinicians
- US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mosquito Control and West Nile Virus
- American Mosquito Control Association
- Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District
- Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Montana State University
- Epidemic/Epizootic West Nile Virus in the United States: Guidelines for Surveillance, Prevention and Control
- Before the Swarm: Guidelines for the Emergency Management of Mosquito-Borne Disease Outbreaks
- West Nile Update, From Press Conference – August 22, 2012
- West Nile Press Conference – August 22, 2012
- West Nile Update – August 20, 2012
- Aerial spraying for West Nile Virus continues tonight in the City of Dallas;
- West Nile Virus – August 17, 2012
- West Nile Virus Update, Cities Confirmed – August 15, 2012
- Aerial Spraying Offered to the Cities of Dallas County – August 14, 2012
- Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins Declaring Official State of Emergency – August 9, 2012
- The State Grants Dallas County’s Request for Assistance Against the Spread of West Nile Virus – July 31, 2012
- Dallas County Office of Homeland Security Requests State Assistance for West Nile Virus – July 27, 2012