West Nile confirmed in Abilene mosquitoes

West Nile confirmed in Abilene mosquitoes

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene has received test results thatconfirm the presence of West Nile Virus in adult mosquitoes from theAbilene/Taylor County area. {{more}} The Texas Department of State Health Services notified the city’sEnvironmental Health section on Aug. 10, 2005, that one of the individualsamples of adult mosquitoes submitted from Abilene has tested positive for WestNile Virus. The collection of adult mosquitoes was trapped Aug. 2 in theAbilene/Taylor County area and submitted on Aug. 3, 2005. The mosquitoes thattested positive were trapped in the Potosi area. “We’d like to remind the public that West Nile Virus is here to stay and thatthe public should take precautions to avoid exposure to adult mosquitoes,” saidAbilene-Taylor County Health District Health Authority Dr. Zane Travis. “Peopleshould remember the five Ds: avoid outdoor activities during the primarymosquito feeding times of Dusk and Dawn; Dress in long sleeves and long pants ifoutdoors during dusk and dawn; Drain all standing water from containers thatwill hold water more than three to five days; and use an insect repellantcontaining at least 35% DEET. Be sure to read labels carefully for instructionson proper use with young children.”The city is currently spraying neighborhoods for mosquitoes on a request basis.Abilene residents who want to put their neighborhoods on the list for mosquitospraying may phone the City of Abilene Environmental Health section at 437-4590.For more information on West Nile Virus, visit the Texas Department of StateHealth Services Web site at http://www.tdh.state.tx.us/zoonosis/diseases/Arboviral/westNile/.