The City of Plano Environmental Health Department has reported the first human case of West Nile Virus in 2015.
The case is currently under investigation by the Collin County Health Department, however they believe the Plano resident contracted the neuroinvasive form of the virus at his home in the area of Parker Road and Jupiter Road. The patient, a frequent business traveller, is currently in an out-of-state hospital.
In an effort to prevent further cases, the Plano Environmental Health crews will spray the area (see map below) for mosquitoes beginning at 10:00 P.M. Thursday, weather permitting.
What is West Nile Virus?
West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne zoonotic arbovirus. It is found in temperate and tropical regions of the world.
Approximately 80% of West Nile virus infections in humans cause no symptoms. In the cases where symptoms do occur they may include fever, headaches, fatigue, muscle pain or aches (myalgias), malaise, nausea, anorexia, vomiting, and rash. Less than 1% of the cases are severe and result in neurological disease when the central nervous system is affected.
Did you know? In 2012 the US experienced one of its worst epidemics in which 286 people died, with the state of Texas being hard hit by this virus.