Dallas Universities Battle West Nile As Students Return

UNIVERSITY PARK (CBSDFW.COM) – For some, it is welcome back. For others, it is welcome to the first step of college life.

And waiting for all of them on this first move-in day on the Southern Methodist University campus, are signs at the front doors about the West Nile Virus.

Parent Martha Dickman, who is from Tulsa, is leaving her daughter, Kit, here.

“You know, we had not heard about West Nile Virus until we arrived on campus and I noticed, on the activity door, they posted there’s a problem,” Dickman said.

The university averages 11,000 students per semester. S.M.U. says it will treat areas where mosquitoes breed.

At the S.M.U. pharmacy, insect repellant containing DEET is available free of charge to any student who wants it.

At Dallas Baptist University, students there are also re-entering the dorms and university officials have also implemented a mosquito control plan.

“Full time staffers and part-time students who’ve been actively looking for breeding sites and responding with insecticides, responding and treating stagnant water areas, and removing stagnant water that may be standing,” said Blair Blackburn, Dallas Baptist University.

Colleges and universities throughout North Texas will welcome students back over the next two weeks.

Those schools will reinforce their message to students to cover up, spray on insect repellant, and be aware of the continuing spread of this virus.

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