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Denton County Reports First Carrollton West Nile Virus Human Case

Post Date:10/22/2020 2:30 PM

Denton County Public Health (DCPH) has reported a sixth human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in the County this year, a Carrollton resident.

The community member was diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease while residing in Carrollton’s mosquito management area 1A, located between Medical Parkway, E. Hebron Parkway, Marsh Lane, and W. Spring Creek Parkway.

“In response, the Carrollton Animal Services team will set several mosquito traps on Thursday and will test the collected mosquitoes for West Nile Virus on Friday,” Animal Services Manager Carl Shooter said. “If we receive positive results, crews will spray this area during the evening on Saturday and Sunday.”

Shooter noted it is important for all citizens to be vigilant when outdoors since the test results can neither rule out nor confirm whether the exposure occurred near the resident’s home or in another location.

“Even though temperatures are decreasing, preventing mosquito-borne illnesses remains a priority,” said Juan Rodriguez, DCPH Chief Epidemiologist and Assistant Director. “Protecting ourselves from mosquito bites is a preventive practice easily done before heading outdoors.”

Cory Heiple, Environmental Services Director, encourages citizens to practice the ‘4Ds’ to reduce the risk of WNV:

  • DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you are outside, use insect repellants that contain DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • DRESS: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.
  • DRAIN: Remove all areas of standing water in and around your home.
  • DUSK & DAWN: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.

The City of Carrollton conducts mosquito trapping in seven areas of the city each week of the mosquito season, April-October, and has collected 155 samples this year with seven testing positive for West Nile Virus. The mosquito management area map can be viewed in detail at cityofcarrollton.com/westnile.

For more information on Carrollton’s response efforts, visit cityofcarrollton.com/westnile or call 972-466-3421.


Carrollton Reports First Positive Mosquito Trap of the Season; Schedules Ground Spraying

For immediate release: August 13, 2018

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) has confirmed one mosquito sample testing positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in Carrollton. This sample was collected from the mosquito management area 5B. Area 5B is located between Old Denton Road, Trinity Mills Road, Josey Lane, and Keller Springs Road. This area can be viewed in detail at cityofcarrollton.com/westnile and a map can be downloaded here. The City of Carrollton conducts mosquito trapping in seven areas of the city each week of the mosquito season, April-October, and has collected 98 samples so far this year.    

Carrollton Animal Services will conduct ground-based spraying in the neighborhoods outlined above, weather permitting, Tuesday, August 14 and Wednesday, August 15, beginning around 9:00 p.m. and continuing until completed.   Spraying will not be conducted in the event of wind speeds in excess of 15 mph or inclement weather.

Scott Hudson, Environmental Services Director, encourages citizens to practice the ‘4Ds’ to reduce the risk of WNV:

  • DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellants that contain DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • DRESS: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.
  • DRAIN: Remove all areas of standing water in and around your home.
  • DUSK & DAWN: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.

Contact Carl Shooter, Animal Services Manager at 972-466-3421 or visit cityofcarrollton.com/westnile for more information regarding the City of Carrollton’s response to this positive sample result.

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