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Renae Crutchfield, Public Information Officer

renae.crutchfield@dallascounty.org                                                      

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Zachary Thompson, Director  

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

DCHHS Confirms Mosquito Samples Test Positive for West Nile

Ground Spraying Scheduled in Rowlett

 

 

DALLAS (Aug. 31, 2017) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) laboratory confirmed mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus.  The mosquito trap was collected from the 75089 zip code of Rowlett.

 

DCHHS encourages residents in affected areas to be a part of the solution by eliminating insect breeding areas and larvae before mosquitoes reach the airborne stage.  In conjunction with Dallas County municipalities, mosquito abatement teams are responding by treating impacted areas and DCHHS has scheduled ground spraying in the below area (s), weather permitting:

Rowlett:

Friday, Sept. 1 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 2 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

 

Residents should remain inside during the time sprayers are in the area. Spraying will not be conducted in the event of wind speeds in excess of 10 mph or inclement weather.

 

Residents should use the 4Ds to reduce exposure to mosquitoes: 

  • DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET or other EPA approved repellents and follow instructions. 
  • Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside. 
  • Drain: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace. 
  • Dusk & Dawn: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

 

Standing water can be treated with EPA-approved larvicides that are available for retail purchase. Larvicides are products used to kill immature mosquitoes before they become adults. Larvicides are applied directly to water sources that hold mosquito eggs, larvae, or pupae. When used well, larvicides can help reduce the overall mosquito burden by limiting the number of mosquitoes that are produced, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

DCHHS has information regarding mosquito prevention on its website.

 

Rowlett

Zip Code: 75089

Friday, Sept. 1 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 2 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

 

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For general questions or for more information about Dallas County Health and Human Services,
please email Director Zachary Thompson at: zachary.thompson@dallascounty.org

 

Zachary S. Thompson
Director
Christopher Perkins, D.O., M.P.H.
Medical Director / Health Authority

 

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