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GHD announces fourth WNV case 


The Garland Health Department received a report of a laboratory confirmed human case of West Nile Virus in an individual who lives in the 1500 block of Caldwell (near the intersection of Saturn and Kingsley roads). This is the fourth confirmed human case reported in Garland in 2016. The resident was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease, the most severe form of WNV infection. GHD will initiate adulticide spraying throughout the surrounding area between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. tonight, weather permitting. If rain or winds in excess of 10 mph prohibit spraying tonight, the area will be sprayed at the first opportunity.

Thus far in 2016, WNV has been detected in 43 mosquito samples trapped by GHD. The presence of the disease in mosquitoes means that transmission to humans is possible throughout the city, so residents are urged to take preventative measures. Citizens can view a map depicting areas where WNV virus has been detected and subsequently sprayed to reduce the adult mosquito population on the City of Garland webpage at Spraying activity also can be found on Garland’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

WNV rarely causes severe illness or death, but citizens should remain vigilant and take precautions to minimize the risk of exposure. To protect yourself from exposure to WNV, limit outdoor activity during evening and early morning hours, when mosquitoes are most active. While outdoors, wear light-colored, long-sleeve clothing, and use an insect repellent containing DEET, according to its label directions. Most importantly, citizens should take measures to eliminate any standing water on their property, such as birdbaths (clean them twice per week), pet water dishes, clogged rain gutters, tires and buckets. Containers that can hold water for just a few days can breed mosquitoes. Report to the GHD any standing water that you are not able to eliminate.

If you have questions or would like to report standing water, call GHD’s mosquito control hotline at 972-205-3720. Further questions about WNV should be directed to 972-205-3460.