West Nile Virus Update

Posted by Brett Oliver on Jul 18, 2013
Tags: Community, Parks, Public Health, Town News, West Nile Virus, Water

July 27, 2013 --- UPDATE:  The Denton County Health Department (DCHD) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus for 2013 in the county. The patient is in his 40s, resides in the City of Denton, and has West Nile fever (the milder form of the illness). For patient confidentiality reasons, no further personal information will be released.

July 18, 2013 --- The Town of Trophy Club, in conjunction with local health departments and municipalities, implemented a multifaceted Mosquito Management Program in the spring to help prevent cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Trophy Club. The program involves community participation, public awareness and education, personal preparedness and source control measures. Visit the Preparing for West Nile Virus article for more details.

Throughout the summer, the Town has been setting mosquito traps in known mosquito areas and testing for WNV. Mosquito Sample Results gathered by the Trophy Club Code Enforcement Officer as recent as July 5, 2013 have all tested negative for WNV; however, negative WNV results does not mean the Town and residents should reduce WNV prevention efforts. As of June 18, 2013, Flower Mound and Lewisville tested mosquito’s that were positive for WNV. The Denton County Health Department (DCHD) will continue testing mosquitoes captured in municipal traps for West Nile Virus.

Cooperation is vital to combat West Nile by controlling mosquito populations and use of preventative measures, such as the 4 D’s.

  1. DRAIN standing water in your yard and neighborhood to cut mosquito breeding sites (old tires, flower pots, and clogged rain gutters). Change water in wading pools and bird baths several times per week. Repair any leaking plumbing and outside faucets.
  2. DRESS in long sleeves and pants when you’re outside, and spray clothing with repellent.
  3. DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent.
  4. DUSK & DAWN are the times of day you should try to stay indoors; this is when mosquitoes are most active. Install or repair screen doors

Thank you for remaining proactive against West Nile Virus. Please contact the Code Enforcement Officer at 682-831-4659 if you have questions or concerns regarding WNV.