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Two positive West Nile virus mosquito pools bring total to eight in Flower Mound

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The Town of Flower Mound Environmental Health Services Division confirmed two additional mosquito samples have tested positive for the West Nile virus,

The positive samples were collected in the 3300 block of Cross Timbers Road and the 6200 block of Madeline. The positive samples are the seventh and eighth found with West Nile virus in the town so far this year.

According to the Denton County Health Department, a total of 43 positive mosquito pools have been found in Denton County, not including the recent Flower Mound reports.

To date, two individuals – one in Denton and one in Argyle – tested positive for the West Nile virus earlier this month. Records show one contracted the West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease while the other contracted West Nile fever.

Of the positive mosquito pools, a majority have been reported in southern Denton County with 29 in Highland Village, eight in Flower Mound and three in Lewisville. Three positive mosquito pools have tested positive in unincorporated Denton County. 

Denton County Health Department officials say this year has been comparatively light in terms of the number of positive mosquito pools and the number of individuals who have contracted West Nile. However, they urge residents to remain cautious about eliminating pools where mosquitos can breed as well as continuing to take precautionary measures if they must be outdoors during morning or evening hours.

Flower Mound officials have scheduled spraying operations in an approximate one-half square-mile radius surrounding the specified areas between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Residents  in  the  affected  neighborhoods  will  be  notified  by the community notification call system and  community  signs  placed  at  major intersections within the spraying area, according to a news release.

Town staff will continue to conduct additional inspections and monitor the area after treatment. The insecticide used in spraying is applied at ultra-low levels, breaks down quickly and does not leave a toxic residue, officials said.

Officials are asking residents to stay indoors during spraying, to close windows and wash any exposed fruits and vegetables before eating them.

For more information, contact Flower Mound Environmental Services at 972-874-6340 or visit www.flower-mound.com/mosquitoes.

 

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