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Confirmed case of West Nile fever triggers fogging in Hart's Branch.
The year’s first case of the effects related to the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus in Denton County has been confirmed as a case of West Nile fever in a Little Elm resident. The Denton County Health Department has issued the confirmation, but has not determined whether the bite which led to the infection occurred while the unidentified resident was in Little Elm or not, says Joe Florentino, Assistant Town Manager.
“While we know the infected person is a Little Elm resident, we don’t necessarily know where the person was when they contracted the fever,” he said. “Nevertheless, we are taking the necessary precautions aimed at preventing any further spread of the virus.”
The Town of Little Elm will be conducting fogging operations on Tuesday, July 25. Trained technicians will apply the fogging agent overnight, beginning at 10 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m. the next morning. Weather conditions such as rain, high winds and other conditions detrimental to the application process may delay the operation.
The target area to be fogged is the greenbelt area commonly known as the Harts Branch Trail, south of Walker Lane, north and east of E. Eldorado Parkway, between Saddlehorn Dr. and Still Springs Dr.
Although some cases of West Nile Virus can be serious, especially to the elderly and children, most exposures result in minor symptoms. Taking proactive steps to prevent the mosquitos’ breeding cycle and applying personal protection tactics remain the best line of defense.
“Fogging is an important part of the strategy to fight the disease and its effects, but residents and visitors should still exercise caution, and follow the Four Ds of personal protection,” said Florentino.
oDrain standing water around property to reduce breeding opportunities;
oDress in long pants and long sleeves when outside, remaining aware of heat-related trauma;
oDEET-labeled insect repellents (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) should be applied to exposed skin and clothing;
oDusk and Dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, should be avoided for outdoor activity.
Residents, with proof of residency, may obtain up to four larvicide dunks at no charge from the Public Works Service Center, 1600 Mark Tree Lane, during normal working hours, as well as at the Public Library, 100 West Eldorado Parkway, during library hours.
More information may be obtained by contacting Emergency Management at 972-377-1896, Health Services at 214-731-3276, or Public Works at 214-377-5556.