Mosquitoes in Burleson test positive for West Nile

The forecast is foggy for Burleson residents on Saturday and Sunday nights as city workers spray to eradicate mosquitoes.

Burleson spokeswoman Sally Ellertson said mosquitoes trapped in two locations — the 300 block of Northwest Hillery Street and the 300 block of West Eldred Street — have tested positive for the West Nile virus, which can result in serious illness or death.

So the city hired a private contractor to begin ground spraying on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31 starting each night around 9 p.m. and continuing through 6 a.m., weather permitting.

Ellertson said the chemical being used — Envion 30-30 — "produces no significant health risk" to humans, but residents are advised to stay indoors when spraying is underway, particularly those who are sensitive to pesticides. Other recommendations:

  • Remove children's toys from outdoor areas during spraying; if that's not possible, wash with soap and water before they're used again.
  • Remove pets, pet food and water bowls from exposed areas.
  • Wash thoroughly any produce grown, stored or kept outdoors before eating.
  • Call 911 or your doctor if you experience any adverse reactions.

Health authorities recommend that anyone spending time outside dress in long pants and sleeves; use insect repellent that contains DEET; stay indoors during the high-risk times around dusk and dawn; and drain any standing water in your yard.

In its most recent report for the week ending August 22, the Texas Department of State Health Services counted 41 human cases of West Nile virus, with the outbreak concentrated in Houston, but with cases reported in Tarrant, Dallas, and Denton counties.

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