This treatment is in response to a West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito trap sample that was set and collected by DCMC at Crawford Park on July 02, 2012. The sample was confirmed positive and reported to Cedar Hill on 09 July, 2012. An additional area will be treated within the Highlands neighborhood in response to a confirmed human case as reported on July 09, 2012.
The two areas to be treated in Cedar Hill are defined by these boundaries:
East of Cannady
South of Beltline
West of Joe Wilson
North of Weaver
East of Meadowridge, Bradshaw, Sleepy Hollow
South of 1382
West of Straus
North of Beltline
Dallas County Health and Human Services recommends that residents in the affected areas stay inside during the spray period.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has reported WNV in 14 Counties in Texas. Therefore, citizens are asked to protect themselves by using insect repellant and wearing long clothes when outside and removing any standing water around their areas.
According to Sonya Hughes, Epidemiologist for Dallas County Health & Human Services, approximately 80% of people infected with WNV do not have any symptoms, 20% will experience flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headaches, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes a skin rash. Approximately 1% of people infected with WNV will develop the neuroinvasive form, which affects the individual’s nervous system. Symptoms include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, tremors, muscle weakness, skin rash, vision loss, altered mental status, coma, numbness and paralysis.