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Heath Officials: More Mosquitoes in Wichita Falls Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Wichita Falls, Texas – The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health Department has confirmed several more cases of West Nile found in mosquitoes captured in Wichita Falls.

 On July 29, 2015 the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District reported that West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes had been confirmed by the Texas Department of State Health Services laboratory.

The laboratory has now confirmed that mosquitoes from three more surveillance sites in Wichita Falls have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).

The insects were collected from traps placed throughout different geographical areas of the city as part of the Health District's mosquito surveillance program.

These recent test results indicate mosquitoes that carry WNV are common in the city. In order to help control mosquito populations it is very important to drain standing water in yards, flower pots, gutters, and any other objects or areas that collect water. Mosquitoes use these places to breed and dumping out the water is crucial to keeping mosquito numbers down.  

Everyone can also take the following personal precautions to reduce the risk of being bitten and infected:

· Stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active. Dusk and dawn are the times of day when the insects are most prevalent and likely to bite.

· Wear DEET insect repellent. Always wear repellant when outdoors and choose products that contain DEET. Please follow instructions on product label.

· Dress in long sleeves and pants when outside. For extra protection, you may want to spray thin clothing with repellent.

 The Health District will continue with mosquito control measures which include spraying for adult mosquitoes and treating standing water to eliminate breeding areas.

To request spraying for adult mosquitoes in your area please call the Health District's Vector Control line at 940-761-7890. For questions concerning the Health District's mosquito abatement program please call 940-761-6808 or 7822.

If you have specific questions about West Nile Virus disease please call 940-761-7697. You can also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Updates concerning the West Nile Virus can also be followed on the Health District's Facebook page.

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