The City of Plano on Monday launched an intense effort to track cases of West Nile virus, deploying special tracking traps aimed at giving city leaders an advanced warning system on the threat posed by the mosquito-borne infection.
Last week, the city of Richardson found mosquitoes tested positive in two areas: North Plano Road and East Campbell Road and Renner Road and Northstar Road. The city conducted ground spraying this week in both areas, and also sprayed storm drains at the Plano and Campbell Road area.
Four North Texas county health departments are combining their planning and information to combat this year’s West Nile virus season.
Health officials in Denton County are gearing up for West Nile Virus season and are taking steps to try and find pockets of infestation. For now, testing is being done in unincorporated areas of the county.
Like other counties across North Texas, Tarrant County is expanding its West Nile plan as it heads into a new virus season.
The City of Dallas has a new, more aggressive plan to combat mosquitoes and the West Nile Virus this year, following an unprecedented outbreak in 2012.
With West Nile season approaching soon, there’s a controversial bill in the state legislature that would give the government more power to kill mosquitoes
2012 was a record year for West Nile Virus cases in North Texas. Nearly 400 people were infected with the virus in Dallas County alone. 17 people died. And experts still aren’t ready to declare the season is over.
The West Nile Virus continues to be a danger in North Texas. Wednesday officials with Tarrant Public Health confirmed the eighth virus-related death in that county.
Officials with Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) are reporting that a sixteenth person there has died from West Nile Virus-related health issues.
A second person has died from the West Nile Virus in Plano, while the total number of reported cases in the city remains at 28.
While the calendar inches closer to the end of mosquito season health officials in Dallas County are already working on their West Nile virus plan of attack for next year.