The City of Southlake has received official confirmation of its first human case of West Nile fever from the Tarrant County Health Department’s West Nile Virus Monitoring Division. Specifics about the patient are being kept confidential by Tarrant County in the interest of privacy. It is unknown where she contracted the fever.
West Nile Fever is mild form of the virus which includes flu like symptoms such as fever, headache, tiredness, and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash (on the trunk of the body) and swollen lymph glands. West Nile Virus symptoms include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, paralysis and possibly coma. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, please check with a doctor immediately. Members of at risk populations, young children and seniors are especially vulnerable this time of year and should take pre-cautions.
This latest human case of West Nile in North Texas serves as an important reminder to residents to take added preventative measures. “The City of Southlake is urging everyone to follow “The 4Ds” to help keep West Nile Fever and West Nile Virus in check,” said Kyle Taylor Southlake’s Emergency Management Coordinator.
Residents should know that the City of Southlake has been collecting mosquitoes for testing for the past couple of months to determine whether any were carrying the West Nile Virus. They previously confirmed that two samples of mosquito larvae that were collected did test positive. The infected larvae were discovered in the southern and northern sections of the City. City Staff has treated the areas with larvicide and will continue to monitor the areas over the coming months until the West Nile threat subsides.
“The City has treated all known standing pools of water within City limits,” said Public Works Director Bob Price. “We are asking the public to keep a close eye on standing water on their property and to place briquettes into the water to stave off the mosquitos and their larvae.”
Citizens are encouraged to reduce the threat of West Nile by disposing of any standing water on their property including; bird baths, dog bowls, rain gutters or any other area where stagnant water can pool. This will greatly help reduce the chance of finding more infected mosquitoes in our area. Also, residents are urged to avoid or take extra precautions around known breeding grounds such as ponds; storm drains creek-beds and other similar areas.
To help in reducing more cases of West Nile mosquitoes, the City of Southlake is offering larvacide briquettes to residents. Each briquette will treat 100 square feet of water and will last for about 30 days if not washed away. The briquettes are available for purchase at any home improvement store or Southlake residents can pick up briquettes at the following locations:
If you would like additional information regarding West Nile Virus, please visit the City’s West Nile Virus webpage. If you see a mosquito problem in a public space, you can report it by using the City’s “Come Fix This!” this form.