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Plano Battles Back Against West Nile Virus

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PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) - Plano health officials believe they are winning the war against mosquitos and the West Nile Virus.

Just last week the number of West Nile cases dropped significantly in Plano, which was about a week earlier in season than expected.

Plano officials said the reason for the low amount of cases may be due to the use of an inexpensive tablet, rather than the thousands of dollars in spraying other cities in the Metroplex are using.

Plano Environmental Health Manager Jeff Heinicke said, “Spraying only hits adult mosquitoes while they’re in flight. We’ve been focusing a lot more on larvaciding, trying to get more bang for the buck.”

The larvaciding, Heinicke said, “comes in the form of cheap tablets that the health department workers (have) been aggressively dropping in stagnant pools and ponds.”

The city of Plano also has a ‘high tech’ public awareness campaign with coded flyers that smart phones can read, and take citizens to websites for useful information and tips.

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