Plano confirms first case of resident contracting West Nile virus this year


The city of Plano has confirmed the first case in 2018 of a human contracting West Nile virus within city limits.

Crews will spray for mosquitoes in the affected area 9 p.m Thursday, according to a city news release. The area to be sprayed is near the intersection of Legacy Drive and Ohio Drive.

“Information regarding the patient is very limited,” the news release said. “We do know the person who contracted the virus has West Nile fever, which is not the neuro-invasive form of the virus, which is commonly more serious.”

The city of Plano has urged residents in the past to ensure children and pets remain indoors during the time of the spraying.

In order to prevent the spread of West Nile virus, the city also urged residents to drain standing water in or around their homes, dress appropriately before going outdoors, and wear bug spray containing DEET.

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Gavin Pugh
Gavin got his chops as a reporter when he was editor-in-chief of the Baylor Lariat. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Baylor University and has since come on board as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition. His beat includes transportation, Plano ISD and municipal government.
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