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Town Gets Set For West Nile Virus Ground Spraying

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TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – For the second time this season health workers in Tarrant County have had a mosquito pool test positive for West Nile virus. The latest discovery was made in the southwest part of the Town of Pantego.

According to Dr. Anita Kurian, the chief epidemiologist with Tarrant County Public Health, the positive samples were found in an industrial area. Pantego officials have finalized their combat plan. “I was just informed this morning that they will be ground spraying,” Kurian detailed. “They are planning on piggy backing on our ground-based spray contract, and will be spraying tonight.”

In addition to the normal pleas to repair torn or damaged window screens and get rid of standing water, health officials say they’re aslo getting reports of mosquitoes in some non-traditional areas. “You may not expect to find mosquitoes in well-maintained septic tanks, but we’re receiving complaints of that,” Kurian said. “This is unexpected.”

This is the second positive sample this season in Tarrant County. The first positive sample was reported on June 27 in Grapevine. Kurian said this year is certainly better than last. “The West Nile virus season, thus far this season, does not seem to follow the trend that we saw in 2012. By this time last year we had about 30 West Nile virus positive mosquito samples and we had eight human cases.”

While there has been only one human case of West Nile reported in Tarrant County this year Kurian said it’s important to attack the mosquito population on all fronts. “If you ground spray without adequately identifying all possible sources then as you can see we’re fighting a losing battle against these mosquitoes.”

Click here to find out more about the battle against West Nile virus in Tarrant County.

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