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Mosquito Testing Reveals Postive Result for West Nile Virus
Posted Date: 9/9/2014 3:00 PM

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) has confirmed an additional mosquito trap testing positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in Carrollton. The trap was collected from mosquito management areas 1A, 6A, 6B, and 7A, which can be viewed in greater detail on our website at cityofcarrollton.com/westnile. Based on these results we will be spraying the residential neighborhoods between Belt Line Road, Midway Road, Josey Lane and George Bush Turnpike and the neighborhoods between Broadway Lane, Keller Spring Road and Josey Lane and Belt Line Road. We will also spray the neighborhoods between Josey Lane, Hebron Parkway, Marsh Lane, and FM544. These areas will be sprayed September 9th and 10th weather permitting.

Previous history indicates that an increase in positive test results is typical for this time of year. It would not be unusual to continue seeing positive mosquito trap test results well into September. Because West Nile Virus is well established in our area, Scott Hudson, Environmental Services Director, encourages citizens to practice the ‘4Ds’ to reduce the risk of illness:

• DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellants that contain DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
• DRESS: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.
• DRAIN: Remove all areas of standing water in and around your home.
• DUSK & DAWN: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.

Contact Carl Shooter, Animal Services Manager at (972) 466-3421 or visit cityofcarrollton.com/westnile for more information regarding the City of Carrollton’s response to this positive sample result.