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    Tarrant County West Nile Virus trapping, testing in full swing

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

    vljoseph@tarrantcounty.com

     

    Tarrant County West Nile Virus trapping, testing in full swing

     

    (Tarrant County, Texas) . Today, Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) begins its seasonal trapping and testing of West Nile virus (WNV) mosquito samples, which will involve a network of more than 200 traps throughout the county. One hundred fifty of the traps will be deployed in fixed locations, with 50 used to move around the network. Off-season trapping, used when mosquitoes are less active, has been going on since April 1. To date, all of the mosquito samples from these traps have tested negative for WNV.

    "It is the beginning of the season, and our proactive measures are in place," explained Tarrant County Public Health Director Lou Brewer. "We have added additional staff and equipment, ramped up our mosquito sample testing, updated our Web site and prepared messages designed to reach Tarrant County residents through online newspaper advertisements, theater ads and billboards."

    "We need the public's help," she continued. "Everyone is at risk of being affected by West Nile virus. Stopping the disease begins by dumping any standing water, which eliminates potential mosquitoes breeding sites. People who plan to be outdoors, especially during dusk and dawn, should use an insect repellent."

    "Our main message, Take Control - Stop West Nile Virus, was developed, in part, by using creative work done by TCU freshman and sophomore PR Principles' students," said Brewer.

    The Web site includes a new interactive map that allows people to pull up WNV information about mosquito pools, human cases and any TCPH spraying activity. The map will be available 24/7 for residents to plug in a date, location and the WNV-related information that they are seeking. They also may view special announcements.

    For more information about WNV, visit our West Nile Virus Web page.