Tuesday, September 22, 2020

City to Spray After Positive West Nile Virus Sample Found Near Southlake

The City of Southlake has been notified that a mosquito sample has tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The sample was taken from a trap that was collected in Colleyville, near the Southlake border, in the 500 Block of Forest Meadow Drive.

Per our Vector Control Plan, the City is required to spray via truck in a 1/2 mile radius. “Residents should continue to take precautions to protect themselves and their family by draining and treating standing water on their property,” says Fire Chief Mike Starr.

Chief Starr adds, “All residents need to be proactive against West Nile Virus by regularly checking for sources of water in both the expected and unexpected places to help eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.” It is important to drain areas that contain standing water, cover outdoor containers, and treat stubborn areas with larvicide. Also, remember to wear insect repellent containing DEET when outdoors—especially at dusk and dawn.

The City intends to ground spray within a half-mile radius of the affected area (see map(s) below) tomorrow night (6/23), Friday night (624), and Saturday night (6/25). “Thank you to the residents of Southlake for your diligence in the continued fight against West Nile Virus,” added Chief Starr.

For more information on what Southlake is doing in the area of mosquito surveillance and control, please see CityofSouthlake.com. To see an interactive map of the City of Southlake’s mosquito prevention efforts click here.

WNV Spray area

Tarrant County Receives Second Award for Development of West Nile Virus Mapping Tool

tarrantcountyTarrant County has received the Center for Digital Government 2014 Achievement Award in the category of “Government-to-Citizen” communications for its West Nile Virus Mapping Tool.

“This tremendous honor is a reflection of our progressive information technology strategy to provide relevant, real-time information to the communities we serve,” said Tarrant County Deputy Chief Information Officer Christopher Nchopa-Ayafor. “We will continue to innovate and excel in digital government in a quest to become the best IT organization in state and local government.”

Tarrant County Information Technology Department’s Geographical Information System team collaborated with Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) to develop a West Nile Virus (WNV) application during the record-breaking WNV season of 2012.

The first phase of the project (Summer 2012) involved the development of an internal mapping site where staff can search for positive and negative mosquito traps – as well as positive human cases. Search criteria include date range, buffer distance, zip code, and city.

The second phase (Spring 2013) involved the development of a public site. Visitors can download statistical information based on demographics, see current and projected spray areas (aerial and ground), and read public announcements.

“Our West Nile Virus Mapping Tool is a user-friendly resource available to everyone in Tarrant County. It’s an easy way to stay updated on current WNV conditions and community announcements. The residents are the big winners with this tool. It’s one more way we are working to safeguard our community,” said TCPH Health Director Vinny Taneja

This summer, Tarrant County received an award for the mapping tool from the National Association of Counties.