Garland Health Department Confirms Human WNV cases
On October 3, 2012 the Garland Health Department (GHD) received a report of a laboratory confirmed human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in the 1000 block of Kingsbridge Drive. Enhanced ground spraying will be conducted in this area beginning tonight to minimize the risk of additional infections. 41 human cases of WNV and one confirmed death have been reported in Garland in 2012. The death was in a case acquired prior to the aerial spraying campaign in August 2012
Thus far, 2012 has been a very active year for WNV which has been detected in 44 mosquito samples collected throughout Garland. Citizens can view a map depicting areas where WNV virus has been detected and subsequently sprayed to reduce the adult mosquito population on the Health Department's Mosquito Spraying webpage.
WNV rarely causes severe illness or death, but citizens should remain vigilant and take common sense precautions to minimize the risk of exposure. To protect yourself from exposure to WNV, limit outdoor activity during evening and early morning hours when mosquitoes are most active. While outdoors, wear light-colored, long sleeve clothing, and use an insect repellent containing DEET, according to its label directions. Most importantly, citizens should take measures to eliminate any standing water on their property, such as birdbaths (clean them twice per week), pet water dishes, clogged rain gutters, tires, and buckets. Containers that can hold an inch or two of water for just a few days can breed mosquitoes. Report any standing water that you are not able to eliminate yourself to the GHD.
If you have questions or would like to report standing water please call the Garland Health Department’s mosquito control hotline at 972-205-3720. Further questions on WNV should be directed to the Health Department web page, or 972-205-3460.