West Nile Update - Sept. 9, 2013
On Sept. 9, the Garland Health Department (GHD) received a report of a laboratory confirmed human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in an individual who lives in the 2900 block of Newburyport Avenue. This is the first confirmed human case reported in Garland in 2013. GHD will initiate adulticide spraying throughout surrounding area between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. on the night of Sept. 9 (weather permitting) to minimize the risk of additional human infections. If rain or winds in excess of 10 mph prohibit spraying tonight, the area will be sprayed at the first opportunity.
Thus far in 2013, five WNV human cases have been confirmed in Dallas County and the presence of the disease in mosquitoes means that transmission to humans is possible, so residents are urged to take preventative measures. Residents 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 webpage at www.ci.garland.tx.us.
WNV rarely causes severe illness or death, but residents 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, residents 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 water for just a few days can breed mosquitoes. Report any standing water that you are not able to personally eliminate to the GHD.
If you have questions or would like to report standing water, call the Garland Health Department’s mosquito control hotline at (972) 205-3720. Further questions on WNV should be directed to the City of Garland’s website, www.ci.garland.tx.us, or 972-205-3460.