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BETHANY BERRY

The Ellis County Press

CEDAR HILL - After several weeks of testing and back and forth results, preliminary tests ran by the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services Department show possible infected mosquitoes, according to the city of Cedar Hill’s Web site.

Test samples have been taken from three locations in the city.

During a July 28 city council meeting, city officials initally received confirmation of infected mosquitoes.

Later, the results showed no signs of the virus in the area.

"At the time of original testing the DCDHHS did find at least one mosquito with the virus," said Cedar Hill Public Relations Manager Corky Brown in a telephone interview Aug. 7.

"We will continue to run more tests."

Test results from a state laboratory should be revealed in the next few weeks of the findings.

The citys Web site also reports larvacide treatments have begun and more mosquito test collection sites have been set up.

Currently there have been no human cases reported in Dallas County for the 2009 mosquito season.

The detection of infected mosquitoes in the area signifies a risk of the virus.

Residents should be on alert during the summer and fall months and are advised to take precautionary steps in order to prevent the spread of the virus including:

Getting rid of standing water. Empty, remove, cover or turn upside down any containers that will hold standing water (bottles, cans, tires, buckets, flower pots, etc.) Change water in pet dishes, wading pools and birdbaths several times a week.

• Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing to avoid mosquito bites when outside,

• Use insect repellent products with "DEET" or other FDA approved repellents and follow product instructions.

Remember mosquitoes can breed in as little as ¼ inch of water and 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.

Area cities reporting infected mosquitoes with WNV include Duncanville, DeSoto and Grand Prairie.

Mosquito season in Dallas County generally runs from May to October with peak activity in August.   

 

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