Mosquito in Temple tests positive for West Nile

TEMPLE - A mosquito sample in Temple has tested positive for the West Nile Virus. 
Lab results confirmed the positive test on September 20th.
 The positive mosquito samples were collected from a residential area located East of Interstate 35 and West of 31st Street between Avenue K and Avenue T.  
The Bell County Health District believes at least some of the mosquito population in this area are carrying the West Nile Virus. 
So far there have been no reported cases of residents being diagnosed with West Nile.
Symptoms include:
Headaches, fever, body aches, a rash near the bite site and joint pain.
A feeling of fatigue and weakness can last for weeks.
A small percent of people experience more severe symptoms that include: stiff neck, a high fever, sleepiness, disorientation, coma and paralysis.    
The Bell County Public Health District  says you can protect yourself and your family against the West Nile Virus by following the recommendations such as the 4 Ds:
Drain standing water in flower pots, pet dishes or clogged gutters so mosquitoes don’t have a place to breed and treat water that can’t be drained,
Defend by using an EPA-approved insect repellent, and
Dress in long sleeves and pants when outdoors.
Dusk and Dawn - Culex mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, protect yourself by reducing your time outdoors when mosquitoes are most active.   

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