DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A rare kind of mosquito has turned up in North Texas with an even more unusual kind of virus.
The City of Denton says it found a mosquito infected with a California Serogroup virus this month.
Analysts collected samples on May 3 from traps near Gay Drive at West University Drive.
Only five mosquitoes tested positive for the virus in the past seven years in Texas.
Most experts say they do not believe it is a health risk, but the city says it will deploy additional traps at the location, and all captured mosquitoes will be tested.
At this point, the City of Denton will remain at Risk Level 2 of the Mosquito Surveillance and Response Plan.
Risk level 2 – Enhanced Response indicates the probability of a person contracting a mosquito-borne illness is low.
Residents can help minimize the mosquito population by eliminating standing water from these and other areas around their properties:
· Open trash/recycling carts
· Boats and pool covers
· Fountains and bird baths
· Clogged rain gutters
· Low areas
· Water bowls for pets
· Buckets and barrels
· Flower pots and saucers
· Leaky hoses
· Wagons and other toys
· Neglected pools
· Piles of trash or debris
Bti briquettes can also be used to treat stagnant water. These can be purchased at local garden/hardware stores and are available at the City locations below while supplies last. The City’s supply is available in limited quantities (two per resident), and residents will be required to show their driver’s license or a current City of Denton utility bill to prove Denton residency.
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