(credit: Tarrant County Public Health)

(credit: Tarrant County Public Health)

TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) Tarrant County Public Health has begun trapping and testing West Nile virus mosquito samples. More than 200 traps, across the county, are being used for the seasonal proactive measures. The county has been preforming off-season trapping and testing since April 1.

This year Tarrant County officials are also ramping up campaigns encouraging residents to do their part to prevent spread of the virus. “We have added additional staff and equipment, ramped up our mosquito sample testing, updated our website and prepared messages designed to reach Tarrant County residents through online newspaper advertisements, theater ads and billboards,” explained Public Health Director Lou Brewer.

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Saying that everyone is at risk of being affected by West Nile Virus, Brewer referred to the county’s new “Take Control – Stop West Nile Virus” message.

Starting May 2, the Tarrant County Public Health website will include an interactive map that residents access geographical information about mosquito pools, confirmed human cases of the virus and mosquito spraying activity.

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The Take Control campaign is based on the recommendations by health officials that North Texans adhere to the five D’s when it comes to controlling the presence of mosquitoes.

DRAIN—all areas of standing water including changing water in wading pools, birdbaths, and cleaning out gutters;
DEET—Use bug spray and protect clothing with repellents containing permethrin or DEET;
DRESS—Dress in light- colored clothing with long sleeves and wear long pants;
DUSK/DAWN—Limit outdoor exposure at dusk and dawn;
DOORS—Keep door and window screens in good repair

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