Aerial spraying in Denton County and several Northeast Tarrant County cities has been postponed until tomorrow due to high winds brought on by remnants of Hurricane Isaac.The spraying forecast for Friday and Saturday looks ideal, and no more delays are expected, Laura McGowan, a spokeswoman for Clarke Dynamic Aviation, said Thursday. Wind speeds are forecast at 20 mph later today, twice the recommended wind speed for effective aerial spraying.Wind speeds Friday and Saturday nights are predicted to be within the 5-10 mph range, according to the National Weather Service web site.Denton County, and Southlake, Roanoke, Haslet, Trophy Club and Westlake, all cities that straddle the Denton and Tarrant County borders making up 273,000 square acres, will be sprayed for mosquitoes between 9 p.m. and the early morning hours on Friday and Saturday, McGowan said."We've been working very closely with the National Weather Service and the information they have given us is that conditions look good for the next two nights," McGowan said.-- Mitch Mitchell
West Nile virus symptoms
Most people who are infected with West Nile virus will not have any type of illness or may experience mild fever, headache and body aches before fully recovering. If illness were to occur, it would occur within 3 to 15 days of being bitten by an infected mosquito.
Fever, headache and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash on the trunk of the body and swollen lymph glands.
In a very few individuals, particularly the elderly, the virus can affect brain tissue, cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord), but more commonly presents as a febrile illness. Symptoms of encephalitis include rapid onset of severe headache, high fever, stiff neck (in meningitis), muscle weakness, confusion and loss of consciousness
Source: Tarrant County Public Health Department
Preventing West Nile Virus
The Tarrant County Public Health Department recommends the 4Ds.
Drain standing water on your property so mosquitoes won't breed.
Use insect repellent that contains DEET.
Stay indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most prevalent.
Dress in long sleeves and pants and spray insect repellent on the clothes.