First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Crowley, No Plans to Spray There

Trucks in Tarrant County are ready to spray against mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.

On Monday night, they’ll spray in the northwest sector of the county, but that's not near Crowley, which is now home to the first human case of the virus this summer.

NBC 5 has confirmed that patient has the most severe form of the virus, the neuroinvasive form, which attacks the nervous system.

“They however, do not have a positive mosquito sample just yet, so our recommendation is to do trapping, additional trapping around human case residence,” said Dr. Anita Kurian, with the Tarrant County Health Department.

Right now, it’s unclear if this patient got the virus in Crowley or somewhere else in North Texas. Reason being, like so many North Texans, this person could commute to work, or visit family in other parts of the county.

It’s not really reassuring to Dixie Christian, who’s kids are all under the age of eight.

Young children and the elderly can be at most risk of feeling the effects of the virus.

“Oh my God, it scares me, because I’ve got four kids and they play outside and it’s like I don’t want them to go outside in the evenings. It’s scary,” Christian said.

Crowley city officials told NBC 5 the most recent mosquito samples came back on Thursday and they were negative.

Right now, there are no plans to set up additional traps; just monitor those that are out there. Results are expected back Wednesday.

To give some perspective, at this time last year, there were eight positive mosquito samples and one human case in Tarrant County. This year, there are nine positive mosquito samples and one human case. The message continues to be prevention.

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