Few DFW Schools Protect Against West Nile

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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DUNCANVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – Whether it’s football or band camp, back-to-school practices are already underway in many North Texas school districts. And while, typically, the heat is the only health related worry, 2012 is the summer that will be remembered for a record number of West Nile virus related infections. “Especially since it’s not just the older citizens getting it,” said L. Jay Patulea, a Duncanville mother of three. “Kids and middle-aged people have started coming down with West Nile, and it’s just scary.”

But, Patulea said, she was relieved to receive a letter from school officials, informing parents that the athletic fields had been treated with pesticide in an effort to kill the mosquitoes that carry the virus. Patulea’s two sons will spend a lot of time on the field — one is in band while the other plays football — so she applauds the…

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