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Public Information Officer
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Denton County reports two Positive West Nile Virus Mosquito Pools
September 7, 2016 – Denton County Public Health (DCPH) is reporting two positive West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito pools. One mosquito pool is located north east of the City of Denton and the second mosquito pool is located in Lantana.
DCPH will conduct ground spraying in the area located around the positive WNV mosquito pools for three consecutive nights, beginning Thursday, September 8, 2016. The ground spraying schedule is as follows, weather permitting:
- Thursday, September 8 between the hours of 9pm and 5am
- Friday, September 9 between the hours of 9pm and 5am
- Saturday, September 10 between the hours of 9pm and 5am
A detailed map of the spray areas can be found at www.dentoncounty.com/WNVnews.
Residents in the affected area are being informed.
Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of DCPH, stresses that residents can play a large role in reducing their risk. “It is important for residents to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites by minimizing outdoor exposure during peak mosquito activity, drain standing water, dressing appropriately and using DEET or other EPA-approved repellents.”
Residents should take the following steps to reduce their risk of getting WNV:
- Drain standing water around their homes to reduce mosquito breeding grounds. Consider use of BTI briquettes (or mosquito dunks) in water that cannot be drained, such as small ponds and drinking troughs.
- Be aware of mosquitoes during times that they are active, Dawn, Daytime, Dusk and evening hours.
- Apply an insect repellent that contains DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) to exposed skin and to clothing when outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends Picaridin (KBR 3023).
- Dress in pants and long sleeves when outside and/or wear permethrin-treated clothing.
Please visit the DCPH West Nile Virus website (dentoncounty.com/WNV) for extensive information, including tips for reducing mosquitoes around the home, frequently asked questions, and printable flyers and posters.
Marie A. Brown, M.Ed.
Project Manager//Public Information Officer
Denton County Public Health
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, Texas 76209
Visit our website at http://www.dentoncounty.com/health.