WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - A pool of mosquitos from Wichita Falls has tested positive for West Nile Virus.
The mosquitoes were collected from traps placed around the city for the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District's mosquito surveillance program.
The positive tests results were confirmed by the Texas Department of State Health Services laboratory.
Health officials say West Nile Virus can be passed onto humans by mosquitoes but there are ways to reduce your risk of being 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.
- Dump and drain standing water.
To request spraying for mosquitoes you can call the Health District's Vector Control unit at (940) 761-7890.
For more information about West Nile Virus, click here or call (940) 761-7697.