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Cedar Hill reports case of West Nile

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The Ellis County Press

CEDAR HILL – A case of infected mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Cedar Hill, according to City Manager Alan Sims during a July 28 city council meeting.

"The Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services has already been notified." said Sims, "A series of preventative measures will be taken."

The city’s Web site reports larvacide treatments have begun and more mosquito traps will be set up.

While there are no current confirmed human cases of the virus, the DCDHHS urges residents to take precautionary measures in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

Remember mosquitoes can breed in as little as 1/4 inch of water so it is best to stay proactive.

Some precautions include:

• Remove all discarded tires from your property. If tire removal is not possible, puncture or cut tires to prevent water from collecting in them.

• Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers.

• Make sure roof gutters drain properly. Clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.

• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs. If not in use, keep empty and covered.

• Drain water from pool covers.

• Change the water in birdbaths at least once a week. Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.

• Eliminate any standing water that collects on your property.

• Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their property.

• Check for trapped water in plastic or canvas tarps used to cover boats, pools, etc. Arrange the tarp to allow water to drain.

• Pump out bilges in boats. Store canoes and small boats upside down.

• Remove outdoor pet food and water dishes that are not being used.

• Flush livestock water troughs twice a week.

• Do not leave garbage can lids lying upside down. Be sure water does not collect in the bottom of garbage cans or recycle bins.

• Check around construction sites or do-it-yourself improvements to ensure that proper backfilling and grading prevent drainage problems.

• Check ornamental ponds, tree holes, and water-holding low areas for mosquito larvae.

Most infected with West Nile will not show any signs of illness. Symptoms may include fever, headache, body aches and on occasion, a skin rash and swollen lymph glands may occur.

Other area cities reporting of infected mosquitoes with WNV include Duncanville, DeSoto, Grand Prairie and southern Dallas.

Dates for spraying for infested mosquitoes within the area will be scheduled in the near future.

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