FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Senior Public Information Officer
Tarrant County Public Health
August 5, 2016 (Tarrant County, TX) – Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus in mosquito samples collected in both unincorporated Northeast and Northwest Tarrant County.
The first sample is from the area around Corral Drive. The second sample is from the area around Paper Shell Way. The third sample is from the area around Ruth’s Court. Weather permitting, TCPH will begin ground spraying efforts in these locations on Monday, August 15, starting at 9 p.m. and concluding by 5 a.m. the following morning. The Paper Shell Way location will also be ground sprayed on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 16-17, as this location has resulted in WNV positive mosquito samples for two consecutive weeks.
In an effort to inform the public, TCPH has issued a notification to neighbors in the area and will continue until the time of spraying. You can find the most current information on our Facebook page or Be Mosquito Free webpage.
To date, the department has tested 3,135 mosquito samples have been tested at TCPH’s North Texas Regional Laboratory; 319 samples from Tarrant County have resulted positive for WNV – Arlington (46), Bedford (10), Benbrook (4), Burleson (1), Colleyville (11) Crowley (12), DFW airport (6), Euless (20), Everman (1), Fort Worth (54), Grand Prairie (10), Grapevine (18), Haltom (6), Haslet (7), Hurst (13), Keller (3), Kennedale (5), Lake Worth (4), Mansfield (2), N. Richland Hills (11), Pantego (12), Richland Hills (8), River Oaks (8), Saginaw (2), Sansom Park (5), Southlake (7), Unincorporated Tarrant County (21), Watauga (5), Westover Hills (7).
TCPH reminds residents of the importance of taking personal protective measures to safeguard against West Nile Virus. Residents should routinely dump standing water on their property, use repellent, and dress for dusk to dawn.
TCPH has compiled a list of ways You Can Protect Yourself.
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