On July 24, Tarrant County has verified that the first case in Burleson of the West Nile Virus has been contracted within the 900 block of Timber Ridge Court. On July 16, two pools were located in the area of Lena Lane and Robin Court. Another pool was found by the Burleson Police Department at the corner of Renfro Street and Johnson Avenue and two other pools were located in the police department vicinity.
West Nile Virus (WNV) is contracted by mosquitos that have bitten diseased birds and transmit it to humans that they bite.
Burleson’s mosquito season is from May – October with August being the crucial month. The City of Burleson Environmental Services suggests protection with the ‘3 – Ds’
Deet – use insect repellants that contain Deet or other EPA approved repellent.
Dress – wear long loose clothing at dawn and dust
Drain – remove stagnant water from your yard and report other pools to the City of Burleson.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that twenty percent of those bitten will have symptoms such as fever, headache, body ache, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph nodes, or skin rashes. Evidence lasting only a few days
One person in 150 will have a severe reaction to the bite. Symptoms could include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, or convulsions, muscle weakness, numbness, or paralysis.
For more in depth information on the mosquito problem click on http://burlesontx.com/mosquitocontrol the Center for Disease Control fact sheet at http://tinyurl.com/64d85 or Tarrant County Public Health http://tinyurl.com/ccousym