Human case of West Nile reported in Arlington

09/02/2014 4:38 PM

09/02/2014 10:24 PM

The city plans to expand its efforts to contain the spread of West Nile virus after the city’s first human case of the year was reported Tuesday.

A resident of the 76018 ZIP code was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease, the city reported Tuesday.

The city will set additional traps within a quarter-mile radius of the resident’s home, in accordance with recommendations from the Arlington Health Authority and Tarrant County Public Health, the city said in a news release.

If the sample from the new traps test positive, targeted ground spraying will be scheduled for the area.

Contractors were already scheduled to spray at ground level for mosquitoes Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the entertainment district and a neighborhood south of the University of Texas at Arlington.

The city detected mosquitoes positive for the West Nile virus in traps at East Road to Six Flags near Ballpark Way in north Arlington and at another trap at South Cooper Street near Lovers Lane.

The area to be sprayed south of UT Arlington is approximately between West Park Row Drive and East Arkansas Lane and South Davis Drive and South Center Street.

The area to be sprayed in the entertainment district is approximately between East Copeland Road and Cowboys Way and Copeland Road and Executive Parkway.

The crews will apply Permanone, an oil-based permethrin, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night, weather permitting.

For more information, go to www.MyArlingtonTx.com. — Susan Schrock and Patrick M. Walker

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