West Nile fever infects child in University Park
The City of University Park reports that a juvenile male resident has tested positive for West Nile fever, a milder form of the mosquito-born virus. The boy is suffering from flu-like symptoms and has not been hospitalized.
Spokesperson Steve Mace says the city conducted ground spraying overnight on July 31 on all streets and alleys near the boy's address in the 75225 zip code.
So far, West Nile has had a relatively mild season in North Texas. There have been handful of human cases in Dallas, Tarrant and Denton counties in 2013. Compare that to 2012, when the virus infected 398 people in Dallas County, and 20 died.
The best defense against West Nile is using bug spray, wearing long sleeves and pants when working in the yard, and staying indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. Residents can keep up with the West Nile virus online through a regularly updated map that lists infected mosquito pools.