WNV Positive Mosquito Pool Confirmed
On July 23, 2013, the Garland Health Department (GHD) received a report of laboratory confirmed presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in mosquitoes collected in the 4900 block of Stagecoach Lane. This is the first confirmed presence of WNV in mosquitoes in Garland in 2013. GHD will immediately initiate adulticide spraying throughout surrounding area on the night of July 23 (weather permitting) to minimize the risk of human infections.
Thus far in 2013, no WNV human cases have been confirmed in Dallas County but the presence of the disease in mosquitoes means that transmission to humans is possible, so residents are urged to take preventative measures. Citizens can view a map depicting areas where WNV virus has been detected and subsequently sprayed to reduce the adult mosquito population on the City of Garland website on the Mosquito Information page.
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, take measures to eliminate any standing water on your 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. For more information call 972-205-3460.