FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public Information Officer
Tarrant County Public Health
October 26, 2018 (Tarrant County, TX) – Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in two mosquito samples collected, respectively, in unincorporated Northwest and Southwest Tarrant County.
The Northwest sample is from the area around Ruth’s Court. This location is being treated three consecutive nights due to repeated WNV positive samples. Weather permitting, ground spraying in the Ruth’s Court area will be from Saturday, Oct. 27 through Monday, Oct. 29, starting at 9 p.m. each evening and concluding by 5 a.m. the following morning.
The Southwest sample is from the area around Bucking Bronc Drive. Weather
permitting, TCPH will begin ground spraying in the Bucking Bronc area
on Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at 9 p.m. and concluding by 5 a.m.
In an effort to inform the public, TCPH has issued a notification to residents in the area and will continue until the time of spraying. The most current mosquito prevention information can be found on our Be Mosquito Free webpage or our Facebook page.
To date, TCPH's North Texas Regional Laboratory has tested 4,741 mosquito samples. Of these, 261 samples from Tarrant County have resulted positive for WNV for these areas: Arlington (45), Bedford (8), Benbrook (2), Colleyville (30), Crowley (1), Euless (11), Everman (1), Fort Worth (45), Grand Prairie (2), Grapevine (13), Haltom City (5), Haslet (1), Hurst (7), Keller (6), Kennedale (2), Lake Worth (1), Mansfield (7), North Richland Hills (29), Pantego (8), Richland Hills (10), Southlake (11), Unincorporated (9), and Watauga (2).
TCPH reminds residents that they can take personal protective measures to safeguard against West Nile Virus. Residents should routinely dump standing water on their property, use EPA-approved insect repellent, and dress in long sleeves and pants.
TCPH's most recent video Mosquitoes Love Water has tips to show residents how to take control of their property and help protect their neighbors. You can also view the following videos: Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites and Barrier Treatments to Prevent Mosquitoes.
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