FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Senior Public Information Officer
Tarrant County Public Health
August 26, 2015 (Tarrant County, TX) – Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in mosquito samples collected in three areas of unincorporated Tarrant County.
The first two samples are from unincorporated areas of Southeast Tarrant County around Wilson Rd. ( Map ) and around Grimsley Gibson Rd. ( Map ). The third sample is from the unincorporated area of Southwest Tarrant County around Linkhill Dr. ( Map ).
Weather permitting, TCPH will begin ground spraying efforts Friday, August 28, 2015. Ground spraying will start at 9 p.m. and conclude by 5 a.m. the following morning.
In an effort to inform the public, TCPH has issued a notification to neighbors in the area and will continue notifications throughout the weekend.
To date, the department has tested 3,182 mosquito samples at TCPH’s North Texas Regional Laboratory since seasonal surveillance began on April 1. A total of 237 samples have tested positive – – Arlington (30), Azle (1), Bedford (3), Benbrook (4), Colleyville (6) Crowley (16), Edgecliff village (5), Euless (9), Fort Worth (62), Grand Prairie (3), Grapevine (4), Haltom (4), Haslet (1), Hurst (9), Keller (1), Kennedale (5), Lake Worth (10), Mansfield (4), N. Richland Hills (16), Pantego (6), Richland Hills (9), River Oaks (2), Sansom Park (4) and Unincorporated Tarrant County (19), Watauga (2), Westover Hills (2).
TCPH would like to remind 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.
County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111
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