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Second Frisco resident confirmed to have West Nile virus: City to spray for mosquitoes during the next week
A second Frisco resident has contracted West Nile virus, the city announced today. The case was confirmed by the Denton County Health Department yesterday.
The first Frisco resident was confirmed to have contracted the virus last Friday, July 27, Collin County Health Care Services officials said. It's not known whether either resident was inside Frisco city limits when they contracted the virus.
As a result of the cases, the city of Frisco has announced plans to spray the areas surrounding both residents' homes, part of the city's response plan for confirmed cases of West Nile virus.
The area encompassing the first resident's home will be sprayed from midnight tonight through 6 a.m. tomorrow. That area is bordered by Main Street, Rolater Road, Shepherds Glen Park and its adjoining trails, and Kings Ridge Road. A map of this area can be seen here. According to a city of Frisco spokeswoman, that resident's symptoms have been limited to fever.
At midnight Aug. 8, the city will begin spraying the area surrounding the second resident's home; spraying will again be completed by 6 a.m. That area is bordered by F.M. 423, Smotherman Road, The Trails Parkway, Old Newman Road and Dowelling Drive. A map of this area can be seen here.
Spraying will be completed by a licensed private contractor. The contractor will drive a "fogger truck" through the aforementioned areas. The city recommends individuals in the impacted areas stay indoors during spraying. It also recommends that pets be brought indoors and their outdoor water dishes be refilled following spraying. If pool water is properly filtrated, it will not be affected.
West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes and passed along to humans via bites from infected insects. It is typically not fatal, although five deaths have been linked to the disease so far this year in Dallas County.
City of Frisco officials urge residents to practice four precautionary steps outlined by Texas Department of State Health Services commonly referred to as the "Four D's." These precautionary steps are: drain all standing water; dress in light-colored, long sleeve clothing when outdoors; DEET -- use mosquito repellants containing DEET; and dusk or dawn -- avoid outdoor activities during night and early morning hours when mosquitoes are most active.
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