Follow-up mosquito spray planned in Halls, Beaver Ridge areas

Follow-up mosquito spray planned Thursday night in Halls, Beaver Ridge areas of Knox County

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Health Department will conduct follow-up mosquito spraying Thursday night in the Halls and Beaver Ridge communities where West Nile Virus was found in mosquitoes earlier this month.

Spraying is scheduled between 9 p.m. and midnight, weather permitting, to reduce the mosquito population and the risk of the virus spreading to humans.

West Nile Virus encephalitis is a mosquito-borne illness that can cause brain inflammation. The symptoms may include: fever, headache, and body aches, often with skin rash and swollen lymph glands.

More severe infections may include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, muscle weakness, stupor, disorientation, convulsions, paralysis, coma, and rarely, death.

Health officials say people over age 50 and those with compromised immune systems are most vulnerable to developing the disease.

Signs are posted in the affected areas to alert residents, who are asked to stay inside and keep pets inside or in the backyard during spraying.

Thursday night's spray area includes:

Beaver Ridge area

Greywolfe Drive, Hunters Trail, Saddle Creek Pass, Brookfield Crossing, Bridle Court, Wittenham Drive, Wycliffe Court, Shielingworth Court, Shalidar Drive and a portion of Meredith Road.

Halls

Homestead Drive, Hallbrook Road, Arlie Drive, Zirkle Drive, Marshall Drive, a portion of Old Maynardville Pike, and the areas around Halls Middle and High Schools.

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