Denton County Health Department
Contact: Juan Rodriguez, MPH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Second WNV-Positive Mosquito Pool Detected in Unincorporated Denton County
September 4, 2014 – A West Nile virus (WNV)-positive mosquito sample was found in an unincorporated area east of Oak Point and northwest of Narrow Lake Park. The Denton County Health Department (DCHD) will conduct ground spraying in the area for three consecutive nights, beginning Friday, September 5. The ground spraying schedule is as follows, weather and wind conditions permitting:
• Friday, September 5 between the hours of 9pm and 5am
• Saturday, September 6 between the hours of 9pm and 5am
• Sunday, September 7 between the hours of 9pm and 5am
Ground spraying will occur in an area east of Oak Point, south of Cedar Lane and west of Crestpoint Drive. A detailed map of the spray area can be found at dentoncounty.com/WNVnews. DCHD is notifying residents in the affected area.
DCHD was notified of the positive mosquito sample by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) lab Thursday, September 4. This is the second positive mosquito pool discovered in unincorporated county traps for the season.
“Our main focus in Denton County is protecting our residents, and we rely on the Health Department for guidance and recommendation for addressing these issues,” says Precinct 1 Commissioner Hugh Coleman.
“Prevention is key,” says Denton County Health Department Director Matt Richardson. “Though summer may be winding down, residents must remain vigilant to prevent mosquito bites.”
Please visit DCHD’s West Nile Virus website for extensive WNV information including tips for reducing mosquitoes around the home, frequently asked questions, and printable flyers and posters. The website is dentoncounty.com/WNV.
West Nile virus first appeared in Denton County in 2002. For the 2014 season, 0 human cases have been reported. 2013 saw 9 human cases, and in 2012 there were 184 human cases, including 2 deaths.