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    First Positive West Nile Virus Mosquito Pool Sample in Tarrant County

    Contact: Vanassa Joseph, Sr. Public Information Officer, Tarrant County Public Health

    817-321-5306, cell: 817-401-5967

    vljoseph@tarrantcounty.com

     

    Mona Burk, Marketing/Media Relations Manager, City of Grapevine

    817-410-3463, cell: 817-773-3306

    mburk@grapevinetexas.gov

     

    First Positive West Nile Virus Mosquito Pool Sample in Tarrant County

     

    (Tarrant County, Texas) . Today, Tarrant County Public Health announced the county's first mosquito pool sample that tested positive for West Nile virus. The sample was collected in the city of Grapevine. According to city officials, Grapevine plans to spray.

    To date, 1,430 samples have been collected this season. Last year, Tarrant County reported its first mosquito pool positive on June 4.

    People should take these steps to help control and stop West Nile:

    • Regularly drain standing water, including water collecting in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes that spread WNV can breed in as little as a tablespoon of stagnant water.
    • Use an approved insect repellent. Among the EPA-approved repellents are those that contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
    • Wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

    For more information about West Nile, go to the Take Control Stop West Nile Virus page of this Web site.