First human case of West Nile confirmed in McKinney

Two mosquito pools tested positive for West Nile virus in McKinney in 2017.

Two mosquito pools tested positive for West Nile virus in McKinney in 2017.

This year's first positive human case of West Nile Virus has been identified in McKinney, according to a press release from the city.

The city will spray in a one-mile radius around the intersection of Settlement Way and Dr. Kenneth Cooper Drive Oct. 25 at 10 p.m.

Crews will post signs to notify residents of spraying activity, according to the release. The city recommends residents and pets in the spray area stay inside during the spray period.

Residents who do not want the city to spray near their home should contact the city of McKinney Health Compliance at 972-547-7447 by Wednesday at 4 p.m.

To minimize risks posed by West Nile, city officials recommend draining bodies of standing water, which is where mosquitoes breed. Residents can also use DEET-based repellent and stay indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitos are most active.

"The more people who are aware the appropriate actions to take for mosquito control, the better chance we have to reduce the number of mosquitoes and potential mosquito-borne disease," Richard Milam, Health Compliance Supervisor, said in the release.

An interactive map showing mosquito trap locations in the city can be found on the city's website.


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