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West Nile Virus Aerial Spraying Complete; Ground Spraying Resumes
West Nile Hotline: 972-466-3202
Posted Date: 9/25/2012

LATEST UPDATE: October 12, 2012 4:00 p.m.

The West Nile Virus hotline (972-466-3202) has been updated with the following script:

“You have reached the City of Carrollton West Nile Virus Hotline where you can find the latest information on West Nile Virus activity in our community. Today is Friday, October 12, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. We are currently transitioning our mosquito control program to our off season status, which will include stopping spraying for the year. We have seen a considerable reduction in the number of human cases being reported and have not collected a positive pool of mosquitoes in the last 4 weeks. As our program enters the off season we will begin strategizing our approach for next year to further reduce the impact of West Nile virus in our community. To date Carrollton has received confirmation of 26 human cases of West Nile Virus and collected 7 positive mosquito samples. These numbers are the highest ever recorded in our community, which will make this a very high priority for us next spring. Nearing the end of the season is very good news for our community, but does not lessen the immediate need to protect yourself from being exposed to West Nile virus. With warm temperatures still in our forecast it is still very important to be proactive by Draining standing water around your home, Dressing in long light-colored clothes, use a repellent containing DEET and limiting outdoor activities at Dusk and Dawn. We will continue to use this hotline to update our community on West Nile Virus. However unless there is a significant change in activity, our updates will not resume again until next spring. If you have additional questions related to West Nile Virus please leave a message or contact our team in Animal Services at (972) 466-3420.“

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UPDATE: September 25, 2012 3:00 p.m.

The West Nile Virus hotline (972-466-3202) has been updated with the following script:

“You have reached the City of Carrollton West Nile Virus Hotline where you can find the latest information on West Nile Virus activity in our community. Today is Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. We currently have ground spraying scheduled in the 1600block of Camero as well as the 2300 block of Westbrook. This spraying activity will extend to the surrounding 4-5 blocks of each target area. This spraying is scheduled to occur Wednesday, September 26th weather permitting. Should weather conditions prevent spraying, this activity will occur as soon as weather permits. We are cautiously optimistic to report that each of the mosquito samples collected over the last four weeks have tested negative for West Nile virus. Although we have new confirmed human cases we are confident that the exposure associated with these cases occurred prior to our extensive spraying and testing efforts. That being said it is important to note that this summer we have 24 confirmed human cases. It is still very important to be proactive in protecting yourself against West Nile Virus by Draining standing water around your home, Dress in long light-colored clothes, use a repellent containing DEET and limit outdoor activities at Dusk and Dawn. We will continue to use this hotline to update our community on West Nile Virus issues to include human case activity and scheduled ground spraying. Please check back as updates will be provided weekly or as new information is available. If you have additional questions related to West Nile Virus please leave a message or contact our team in Animal Services at (972) 466-3420. “

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UPDATE: September 17, 2012 4:00 p.m.

The West Nile Virus hotline (972-466-3202) has been updated with the following script:

“You have reached the City of Carrollton West Nile Virus Hotline where you can find the latest information on West Nile Virus activity in our community. Today is Monday, September 17, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. Although we have reinstated our ground application efforts in areas where we have confirmed human cases or positive samples, we do not have any ground spraying activity scheduled this week. We are cautiously optimistic to report that each of the mosquito samples collected over the last three weeks have tested negative for West Nile virus. Although we have new confirmed human cases we are confident that the exposure associated with these cases occurred prior to our extensive spraying and testing efforts. That being said it is important to note that this summer we have 23 confirmed human cases. With light rain and continued warm temperatures it is still very important to be proactive in protecting yourself against West Nile Virus by Draining standing water around your home, Dress in long light-colored clothes, use a repellent containing DEET and limit outdoor activities at Dusk and Dawn. We will continue to use this hotline to update our community on West Nile Virus issues to include human case activity and scheduled ground spraying. Please check back as updates will be provided weekly or as new information is available. If you have additional questions related to West Nile Virus please leave a message or contact our team in Animal Services at (972) 466-3420. “

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NEWEST UPDATE: September 5, 2012 3:30 p.m.

The West Nile Virus hotline (972-466-3202) has been updated with the following script:

“You have reached the City of Carrollton West Nile Virus Hotline where you can find the latest information on West Nile Virus activity in our community. Today is Wednesday, September 5, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. Although we have reinstated our ground application efforts in areas where we have confirmed human cases or positive samples, we do not have any ground spraying activity scheduled this week. However, we continue to gather samples to monitor West Nile virus in our local mosquito population. We have received a number of questions regarding the aerial spraying activity in Denton County. Although we opted out of spraying, based on our participation with Dallas County, many residents along our northern borders still noticed planes flying over their neighborhoods. We assure you that this activity was expected as the planes did fly over parts of Carrollton to turn around and stay over their flight patterns or release pesticides that would allow wind to drift the chemical to target areas outside of Carrollton. The City of Carrollton has not approved any additional aerial spraying. We continue to encourage you to be proactive in protecting yourself against West Nile Virus by Draining standing water around your home, Dress in long light-colored clothes, use a repellent containing DEET and limit outdoor activities at Dusk and Dawn. We will continue to use this hotline to update our community on West Nile Virus issues to include human case activity and scheduled ground spraying. To date we are aware of 20 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Carrollton. Please check back as updates will be provided as new information is available. If you have additional questions related to West Nile Virus please leave a message or contact our team in Animal Services at (972) 466-3420. “

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UPDATE: August 31, 2012 11 a.m.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released their preliminary report on the recent aerial mosquito spraying. The report is clear that this treatment was effective in reducing numbers of the key West Nile virus mosquito. Their abundance “decreased in traps in the treatment zones after the spray while their abundance increased in areas not aerially sprayed.” This was especially apparent in the east part of Dallas County where the application was least interrupted by storms and numbers dropped 93%. For the Carrollton area, the data indicate reductions but analysis is complicated by weather interruptions that caused applications to be spread over a four-day period.

While CDC reports substantial mosquito reductions, Carrollton may still see an increase in West Nile virus cases because the virus has a two-week incubation period. CDC recommends ongoing trapping to guide further decisions, including the possibility of further aerial spraying.

Dallas County health officials were clear again today that individual responsibility is still key to reducing infection rates. We continue to urge citizens to D-Fend against West Nile and follow the 4 Ds of prevention: Drain standing water around your home, Dress in long light-colored clothes, use a repellent containing DEET and limit outdoor activities at Dusk and Dawn. This will remain important through the end of the mosquito season this October. While Carrollton has resumed targeted ground-based spraying, with applications last week and this week, no spraying program will eradicate these mosquitoes. This disease is preventable and prevention is each person’s job.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control brief report can be found at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=8589970246

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UPDATE: August 30, 2012 4:45p.m.

We have reinstated our ground application efforts in areas where we have confirmed human cases, where mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus or where our trap counts support spraying. However, we do not have any ground spraying activity scheduled. As a reminder, the City of Carrollton will not be sprayed as part of the aerial sprayings being completed by Denton County that are scheduled for Thursday, August 30 and Friday, August 31 (weather permitting). Carrollton has already completed aerial spraying when Dallas County sprayed all of Carrollton, including Denton County as part of the regional effort to stop the spread of West Nile Virus. Although we anticipate recent aerial application coupled with ground spraying will support our effort to reduce the threat of West Nile Virus in our community, we still urge you to Drain standing water around your home, Dress in long light-colored clothes, use a repellent containing DEET and limit outdoor activities at Dusk and Dawn. To date we are aware of 20 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Carrollton. If you have additional questions related to West Nile Virus please leave a message or contact our team in Animal Services at (972) 466-3420.

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UPDATE: August 29, 2012 11:30 a.m.

As a reminder, the City of Carrollton will not be sprayed as part of the aerial sprayings being completed by Denton County that are scheduled for Thursday, August 30 and Friday, August 31 (weather permitting).  Carrollton has already completed aerial spraying when Dallas County sprayed all of Carrollton, including Denton County as part of the regional effort to stop the spread of West Nile Virus.  In response to citizens who may see aircraft overhead in Carrollton, the aircraft are NOT actually spraying Carrollton.  They will be flying overhead to get to their targeted areas, so you might see them.  If anyone living in the Denton County area of Carrollton receives an automated phone call from Denton County about the spraying, please disregard. 

The City of Carrollton has reinstated our ground application efforts in areas where we have confirmed human cases, where mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus or where trap counts support spraying. Recent aerial application coupled with ground spraying will support our effort to reduce the threat of West Nile Virus in our community; however, we urge all citizens to Drain standing water around your home, Dress in long light-colored clothes, use a repellent containing DEET and limit outdoor activities at Dusk and Dawn.

Continue to check the City of Carrollton West Nile Virus Hotline at 972-466-3202 for more information.

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UPDATE: August 28, 2012 12:30 p.m.

The West Nile Virus hotline (972-466-3202) has been updated with the following script:

“You have reached the City of Carrollton West Nile Virus Hotline where you can find the latest information on West Nile Virus activity in our community. Today is Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at 12:30 p.m. We have reinstated our ground application efforts in areas where we have confirmed human cases, where mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus or where our trap counts support spraying. Tonight we will be spraying the streets of Jeanette Way, Diamond Cluster, Random Road and Briarwood to include the surrounding 4-5 blocks of each street. Although we anticipate recent aerial application coupled with ground spraying will support our effort to reduce the threat of West Nile Virus in our community, we still urge you to Drain standing water around your home, Dress in long light-colored clothes, use a repellent containing DEET and limit outdoor activities at Dusk and Dawn. We will continue to use this hotline to update our community on West Nile Virus issues to include human case activity and scheduled ground spraying. To date we are aware of 19 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Carrollton. A map showing the location of these cases as well as positive mosquito samples has been added to our website for your review. These cases are located in the 75006 and 75007 areas of our community. Please check back as updates will be provided as new information is available. If you have additional questions related to West Nile Virus please leave a message or contact our team in Animal Services at (972) 466-3420. “

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UPDATE: August 23, 2012 3:00 p.m.

The West Nile Virus hotline (972-466-3202) has been updated with the following script:

“You have reached the City of Carrollton West Nile Virus Hotline where you can find the latest information on West Nile Virus activity in our community. Today is Thursday, August 23, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. We have reinstated our ground application efforts in areas where we have confirmed human cases or where mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Although we anticipate recent aerial application will support our effort to reduce the threat of West Nile Virus in our community, we still urge you to Drain standing water around your home, Dress in long light-colored clothes, use a repellent containing DEET and limit outdoor activities at Dusk and Dawn. We know now that Denton County is considering similar action, which will not include the City of Carrollton since we have recently received two aerial applications over all of Carrollton including those areas of our city in Denton County. We will continue to use this hotline to update our community on West Nile Virus issues to include human case activity and scheduled ground spraying. We will also update you on feedback related to previous aerial applications as this information becomes available. To date we are aware of 19 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Carrollton. A map showing the location of these cases as well as positive mosquito samples has been added to our website for your review. These cases are located in the 75006 and 75007 areas of our community. Please check back as updates will be provided as new information is available. If you have additional questions related to West Nile Virus please leave a message or contact our team in Animal Services at (972) 466-3420. “

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UPDATE: August 22, 2012 10:00 a.m.

The West Nile Virus hotline (972-466-3202) has been updated with the following script:

“You have reached the City of Carrollton West Nile Virus Hotline where you can find the latest information on West Nile Virus activity in our community. Today is Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. Carrollton has now received two aerial applications to support lowering the threat of West Nile Virus activity in our Community. Currently there are no plans for additional aerial spraying as we work to evaluate the success of the first two applications. However we will be reinstating our ground application efforts in areas where we have confirmed human cases or where mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus. We will continue to use this hotline to update our community on human case activity and scheduled ground spraying. We will also update you on feedback related to previous aerial application as this information becomes available. To date we are aware of 15 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Carrollton. A map showing the location of these cases as well as positive mosquito samples has been added to our website for your review. These cases are located in the 75006 and 75007 areas of our community. Please check back as updates will be provided as new information is available. If you have additional questions related to West Nile Virus please leave a message or contact our team in Animal Services at (972) 466-3420.

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UPDATE: August 21, 2012 4:30 a.m.

SECOND ROUND OF AERIAL SPRAYING IN CARROLLTON HAS BEEN COMPLETED. 

Information can be found at cityofcarrollton.com/westnile. The West Nile Virus hotline (972-466-3202) has been updated with the following script:

“You have reached the City of Carrollton West Nile Virus Hotline where you can find the latest information on West Nile virus activity in our community. Today is Tuesday, August 21, 2012, at 3:30 a.m. We have received confirmation from the Dallas County Emergency Management Office that the 2nd aerial application is complete over all areas of our city to include those areas in Dallas, Denton and Collin Counties. We will now join other cities in Dallas County by collecting and testing mosquito samples. These test results will be compiled by Dallas County Emergency Management Office and reviewed by Centers for Disease Control to assist with developing a plan for moving forward. This plan will include returning to our local Integrated Pest Management Plan, which focuses on education, source reduction, testing, and ground spraying and may consider as an option additional aerial spraying. To date we are aware of 15 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Carrollton. A map showing the location of these cases as well as positive mosquito samples has been added to our website for your review. These cases are located in the 75006 and 75007 areas of our community. Please check back as updates will be provided as new information is available. If you have additional questions related to West Nile Virus please leave a message or contact our team in Animal Services at (972) 466-3420. For text alerts you may text the word “spray” to 48411”

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UPDATE: August 20, 2012, Noon:

SECOND ROUND OF AERIAL SPRAYING TO OCCUR OVER ALL OF CARROLLTON TONIGHT, MONDAY  AUGUST 20, AFTER 8:30 PM

We have received confirmation from the Dallas County Emergency Management Office that City of Carrollton will receive a 2nd aerial application tonight, August 20th, after 8:30 p.m. Although we do not anticipate any issues, those concerned about organic gardens or koi ponds may cover these areas prior to the aerial application. We anticipate that the aerial spraying tonight will be complete by 2 a.m. To date we are aware of 15 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Carrollton. A map showing the location of these cases as well as positive mosquito samples has been added to our website for your review (scroll to bottom of the page). These cases are located in the 75006 and 75007 areas of our community. Please check back often as updates will be provided as new information is available. If you have additional questions related to West Nile Virus call the hotline at 972-466-3202 or contact our team in Animal Services at (972) 466-3420.

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For a list of all previous updates, as well as additional information on West Nile Virus, click here.

Para Informacion en Espanol:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/spanish/prevention_info_spanish.htm

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/westNile/information/special/facts/wnFactSp.asp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkZWV_-jyts