Aerial Spraying Continues Monday Night
Dallas County officials say that Garland will be included in re-spraying operations Monday, August 20 beginning as early as 8:30 p.m. Countywide spray operations will continue until as late as 2 a.m.
Please keep in mind that the spraying schedule is contingent on weather conditions and is subject to last minute changes. The City will communicate updated information via E-News (email blasts), the City website and Twitter as soon as it is confirmed. The City will also utilize CodeRED to notify citizens on the days spraying is scheduled to occur.
Additional Human Cases in Garland
As of today, three additional human cases of West Nile Virus have been laboratory-confirmed in Garland. The patients reside in the 400 block of Woodmere Drive, the 4500 block of Chaha Road, and the 100 block of Willowcrest Drive.
Tips & Background Information
A regional information phone bank has been established at 817-264-4612 and operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The North Texas Poison Center also has health care professionals available to answer your questions about West Nile Virus and spraying at their 24-hour inquiry number,1-800-222-1222.
For people concerned about exposure during aerial spraying, health officials suggest the following precautions:
· Minimize exposure. Avoid being outside, close windows and consider keeping pets inside while spraying occurs.
· If skin or clothes are exposed, wash them with soap and water.
· Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables with water as a general precautionary measure.
· Cover small ornamental fish ponds.
· Because the chemical breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, no special precautions are suggested for outdoor swimming areas.
The Texas Department of State Health Services contracts with Clarke, a private environmental products and services company, for aerial application of mosquito control products. The product is called Duet, which is labeled and approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in outdoor and residential areas. The active ingredients are in the same chemical family as products currently being used for ground spraying in the Dallas area. The product would be applied at very low dosages – less than an ounce per acre – by small, twin-engine aircrafts flying at approximately 300 feet above ground overnight.
Texas has more than 380 state-confirmed cases of West Nile illness for 2012, including 16 related deaths. Texas is on track to have the most cases of West Nile illness since the disease first emerged in the state in 2002. Humans can contract West Nile virus from a mosquito bite. The virus can cause serious illness or death. Public health officials continue to urge people to protect themselves by using insect repellent every time they go outside, drain standing water outside the home, wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active and use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from entering.