Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Zika and West Nile – What You Should Know

Zika

Texas has had 90 reported cases of Zika virus disease. This count includes three pregnant women, one infant infected before birth, and one person who had sexual contact with a traveler. Of these cases, 40 have occurred in the metro area of Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, and Denton counties. Additionally, for the first time ever, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a travel warning for a community in America. The community is in northern Miami and highlights the possibility that a Zika outbreak can occur in any community.

West Nile Virus

The number of mosquito traps testing positive for the West Nile Virus remains high throughout Tarrant County. The map to the right shows the high presence of WNV in the various mosquito traps throughout the region with 236 traps testing positive so far this year. Just this week, the third human case of WNV in Denton County was reported in Trophy Club. WNV is part of our environment, but we do not usually see this level of activity this early in the summer. This is the highest amount of WNV in the environment since 2012.ZikaWNVMap

As we move into August, not only will it be extremely hot, this is also the time of year when Southlake will see the highest amounts of mosquitos in the environment. While the City of Southlake is doing everything it can to help control the mosquito population, we must emphasize that our success is dependent upon our partnership with the Southlake community. Please remember to Fight the Bite:

  • Apply EPA-approved insect repellent.
  • Wear pants and long-sleeve shirts that cover exposed skin.
  • In warmer weather, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers exposed skin.
  • Use screens or close windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
  • Remove standing water in and around your home. This includes water in cans, toys, tires, plant saucers, and any container that can hold water.
  • Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect.
  • Talk to your doctor if you have concerns.

Remember that these tips not only help control the mosquito that spreads Zika, but these same preparedness measures also affect the mosquito that spreads West Nile Virus. For more information about our mosquito response efforts, please visit CityofSouthlake.com.

Get Dunked for Summer & Fight the Bite

Mosquitoes Surveillance is Important in the City of Southlake

The results from a Southlake mosquito trap.

School is out and summer is here and so are the mosquitoes. Could positive tests for West Nile Virus be far behind?

“The City has received several complaints about mosquitoes in the neighborhoods,” said Southlake’s Environmental Coordinator Christi Upton. “The good news is, despite the heavy rain over the past several weeks, the standing water left behind and an increased number of mosquitoes in our traps, we have not seen any positive tests in Southlake.”

These increased numbers capture Upton’s interest because of the potential increase in the number of mosquito bites on both birds and people. This, in turn, could increase the risk of a mosquito picking up the disease and spreading it.

The City manages a program to trap mosquitoes and test for WNV. When a positive result is found, a designated team carries out a targeted ground spraying action plan.

Already this season, Tarrant County has seen at least one positive test for West Nile Virus (WNV) in Richland Hills and many of our neighbors in Dallas County and Denton County have also had positive test results. If previous years are any indication, this summer will likely see positive test results slowly spreading across our region and potentially to Southlake

This summer, as with previous summers, the City is offering mosquito dunks to Southlake residents.

“The dunks are effective and safe for the environment,” added Upton. City Staff are putting dunks in standing water left after the rains and encourage residents to do the same. Dunks can be picked up in the following location, the Public Works Operations Building, 1950 E Continental, DPS Headquarters 600 State Street (Fire Station side) and Town Hall 1400 Main street in the planning department (third floor).

While the dunks are important, Southlake’s Emergency Management Coordinator Ben Williamson says they are just one piece of the puzzle. “People need to practice the 4Ds.”

1. Wear mosquito repellent with DEET

2. Work to drain areas of standing water in and around their house including their gutters, outside toys and buckets; treat areas that cannot be drained with dunks

3. Dress in long sleeves and pants when outdoors

4. Be especially cautious of mosquitoes between dusk and dawn.

For more information on how to Fight the Bite and the City’s West Nile Virus Action Plan, please visit CityofSouthlake.com/WestNileVirus

WNV West Nile fight the bite

 

City to Spray After Positive Sample for West Nile Virus Found

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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 at the 1400 block of Byron Nelson Parkway.

“Thank you to the residents of Southlake for your diligence in the continued fight against West Nile Virus,” says Fire Chief Mike Starr. “Though temperatures are cooling, mosquitos will remain active until low temperatures become consistent.”

Starr adds that residents should continue to take caution to protect themselves and their family by draining and treating standing water on their property. Also, to always 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 areas (see map(s) below) tomorrow night (10/23), Friday night (10/24), and Saturday night (10/25)—weather permitting.

For more information on what Southlake is doing in the area of mosquito surveillance and control, please see CityofSouthlake.com/WestNileVirus. To see an interactive map of positive samples in Tarrant County, click here.

1400 Block of Byron Nelson Parkway.

1400 Block of Byron Nelson Parkway.

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.

Three More Samples for West Nile Found in Southlake

WNV 4DsThe City of Southlake was notified Wednesday (10/8/2014) that three mosquito samples have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The samples were taken from traps at the 800 block of Shady Lane, the 100 block of Meadowlark Lane, and at the 700 block Ashleigh Lane.  A small portion of the Shady Lane spray zone is scheduled to take place in the 76051 zip code in Grapevine.

“We have seen recurring positive samples at these locations,” says Public Works Director Bob Price. “The City is following the West Nile Virus Action Plan to prevent positive samples, but we need the help of residents as well.”

Price adds that those residing outside of the half-mile spray radius should remain cautious, “We have six traps located strategically throughout the City—five that are stationary and one mobile. This means that when we see positive samples at these locations everyone in the area needs to be on alert.”

Price reminds everyone to look for sources of water in both the expected and unexpected places on a weekly basis and eliminate mosquito breeding grounds by draining standing water, covering outdoor containers, and treating undrainable areas with larvacide. Also, always 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 areas (see maps below) tomorrow night (10/9), Friday night (10/10), and Saturday night (10/11)—weather permitting.

For more information about the West Nile Virus Action Plan and what Southlake is doing in the area of mosquito surveillance and control, please see CityofSouthlake.com/WestNileVirus.

800 Block of Shady Lane.

800 Block of Shady Lane.

100 Block of Meadowlark Lane.

100 Block of Meadowlark Lane.

700 Block of Ashleigh Lane.

700 Block of Ashleigh Lane.

Positive Sample for West Nile Found at 600 Block of W. Continental Blvd.

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The City of Southlake was notified Wednesday (10/1/2014) that one mosquito sample tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The sample was taken from a trap at the 600 block of W. Continental Blvd.

“It will likely be several more weeks before we will see a drop off in positive tests which is why the City is continually monitoring mosquito activity and treating public areas with larvicide,” says Fire Chief Mike Starr. “We want to remind residents their vigilance is vital in the efforts to prevent a human case of West Nile Virus.”

Starr reminds everyone that the City needs your help to combat mosquito breeding on private property by to looking for sources of water in both the expected and unexpected places on a weekly basis and eliminate mosquito breeding grounds by draining standing water, covering outdoor containers, and treating stagnant water with larvicide.

The City intends to ground spray within a half-mile radius of the affected areas (see map below) tomorrow night (10/2), Friday night (10/3), and Saturday night (10/4) in accordance with the City’s West Nile Virus Action Plan—weather permitting.

For more information on what Southlake is doing in the area of mosquito surveillance and control, please see CityofSouthlake.com/WestNileVirus.

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Two More Positive WNV Samples Found in Southlake

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The City of Southlake was notified Wednesday (9/24/2014) that two mosquito samples have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The samples were taken from traps at 100 Meadowlark Lane and the 1700 block of Weeping Willow Way.

“We appreciate the help of residents reporting problem mosquito areas,” says Public Works Director Bob Price. “We use these reports to strategically place our roaming trap based on complaints and concerns.”

Price reminds everyone that the City needs your help to combat mosquito breeding on private property by to looking for sources of water in both the expected and unexpected places on a weekly basis and eliminate mosquito breeding grounds by draining standing water, covering outdoor containers, and treating stagnant water with larvicide.

The City intends to ground spray within a half-mile radius of the affected areas (see maps below) tomorrow night (9/25), Friday night (9/26), and Saturday night (9/27) in accordance with the City’s West Nile Virus Action Plan—weather permitting.

For more information on what Southlake is doing in the area of mosquito surveillance and control, please see CityofSouthlake.com/WestNileVirus.

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City Urges Residents to Help Fight WNV after Three More Positive Samples Found

Mosquito Backyard

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The City of Southlake was notified Wednesday (9/10/2014) that three mosquito samples have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The samples were taken from traps at 2201 Shady Oaks Drive, 870 Shady Lane, and the 700 Block of Ashleigh Lane.

The City intends to ground spray within a half-mile radius of the affected areas (see maps below) for two consecutive nights beginning Friday (9/12/2014)—weather permitting.

“Weather forecasts are predicting thunderstorms through the end of the week, which will aide in flushing existing mosquito larvae,” said Public Works Director Bob Price.

Price adds, “The rain will provide new opportunities for standing water. Following the rain, residents are strongly encouraged to thoroughly inspect their backyards and treat any standing water with larvacide.”

Anything that can hold water for just a few days can become a mosquito breeding ground. Be sure to check your property for standing water. In addition to checking small containers, house gutters and French drains, staff encourages you to check for unexpected areas such as your water meter box, any tree holes, blocked irrigation heads, gutter drains and other underground pipes, pool overflow pipes, storm drains for the presence of standing water.

Residents should always remember to wear insect repellent containing DEET when outdoors, especially at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

For more information on what Southlake is doing in the area of mosquito surveillance and control, please see CityofSouthlake.com/WestNileVirus.

Half mile radius of 870 Shady Lane.

Half mile radius of 870 Shady Lane.

Half mile radius of  2201 Shady Oaks.

Half mile radius of 2201 Shady Oaks Drive.

Half mile radius of the 700 block of Ashleigh Lane.

Half mile radius of the 700 block of Ashleigh Lane.

Three Positive Samples For West Nile Virus Found in Southlake

The City of Southlake was notified Wednesday (9/3/2014) that three mosquito samples have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The samples were taken from traps at 2201 Shady Oaks Drive, 870 Shady Lane, and on Southridge Parkway near Peytonville Avenue.

“We are seeing an increase of positive samples in Southlake and throughout parts of Tarrant County; all residents need to take this personally and fight the bite” warns Fire Chief Mike Starr. “The moment you step outside you are at risk and need to be taking the proper precautions by using insect repellent containing DEET—especially during dusk and dawn.”

Starr reminds everyone to look for sources of water in both the expected and unexpected places on a weekly basis and eliminate mosquito breeding grounds by draining standing water, covering outdoor containers, and treating undrainable areas with larvacide.

The City intends to ground spray within a half-mile radius of the affected areas (see maps below) tomorrow night (9/4), Friday night (9/5), and Saturday night (9/6) in accordance with the City’s West Nile Virus Action Plan—weather permitting.

For more information on what Southlake is doing in the area of mosquito surveillance and control, please see CityofSouthlake.com/WestNileVirus.

Half mile radius of 870 Shady Ln.

Half mile radius of 870 Shady Ln.

Half mile radius of 2201 Shady Oaks.

Half mile radius of 2201 Shady Oaks.

Half mile radius of Southridge Lakes.

Half mile radius of Southridge Lakes.