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    Tarrant County to spray for mosquitoes in the unincorporated area, recommend spraying in Pantego and Richland Hills

    Contact: Vanassa Joseph, Sr. Public Information Officer; 817-321-5306, cell: 817-401-5967

    vljoseph@tarrantcounty.com

     

    Tarrant County to spray for mosquitoes in the unincorporated area,

    recommend spraying in Pantego and Richland Hills

    (Tarrant County, Texas) . Based on a rapid and consecutive increase in mosquitoes that can carry West Nile virus and a confirmed human case (reported earlier this month), Tarrant County will conduct ground spraying in areas of southeast and southwest Tarrant County. Tarrant County also has recommended that the cities of Pantego and Richland Hills conduct spraying based on increases in mosquitoes that can carry West Nile virus. Each of the cities will follow their own respective response plans. Of the 1,375 mosquito pool samples collected in Tarrant County so far this season, none has tested positive for West Nile virus.

    Weather permitting, Tarrant County's current schedule for ground spraying is as follows:

    Thursday, June 27, 9 p.m. through 5 a.m.

    portions of MAPSCO 86 [E,J,F,K], southwest Tarrant County

    portions of MAPSCO 122 [P,Q,T,U], southeast Tarrant County

    "We hope that this effort, paired with the residents' prevention efforts, will help reduce the mosquito population that may carry West Nile virus," said Tarrant County Public Health Director Lou Brewer.

    Tarrant County Public Health reminds people to Take Control - Stop West Nile Virus by dumping and draining any standing water to eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites; always use an insect repellent when outdoors, preferably one with DEET; cover their arms and legs and spray thin clothing with repellent when outdoors, and when possible avoid being outdoors, especially during dusk and dawn.

    For more information about WNV and ground spraying, go to the Take Control - Stop West Nile Virus page on our Web site.