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West Nile virus-positive mosquito pool found in Lantana

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West NileDenton County Public Health (DCPH) on Wednesday reported a positive West Nile virus (WNV) mosquito pool in Lantana.

DCPH will conduct ground spraying in nine southeast Lantana neighborhoods and Canyon Oaks around the positive WNV mosquito pool for three consecutive nights between 9 p.m. and  5 a.m., beginning this Thursday. See map here.

Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of DCPH, stresses that residents can play a large role in reducing their risk.

“It is important for residents to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites by minimizing outdoor exposure during peak mosquito activity, drain standing water, dressing appropriately and using DEET or other EPA-approved repellents,” said Dr. Richardson.

lantana-spraying-9-2016Residents should take the following steps to reduce their risk of getting WNV:

  • Drain standing water around their homes to reduce mosquito breeding grounds. Consider use of BTI briquettes (or mosquito dunks) in water that cannot be drained, such as small ponds and drinking troughs.
  • Be aware of mosquitoes during times that they are active, Dawn, Daytime, Dusk and evening hours.
  • Apply an insect repellent that contains DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) to exposed skin and to clothing when outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends Picaridin (KBR 3023).
  • Dress in pants and long sleeves when outside and/or wear permethrin-treated clothing.

Please visit the DCPH West Nile virus website for extensive information, including tips for reducing mosquitoes around the home, frequently asked questions, and printable flyers and posters.

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