West Nile confirmed in more Abilene mosquitoes

West Nile confirmed in more Abilene mosquitoes

ABILENE, Texas – Since July 5, the City of Abilene has received test results that confirm the presence of West Nile Virus on three different dates in July in five different adult mosquitoes from the Abilene/Taylor County area. The Texas Department of State Health Services notified the City’s Environmental Health section of the positive results in individual samples of adult {{more}} mosquitoes submitted from Abilene: July 5 location — Grand Avenue; July 19 and 26 — Washington Blvd.; July 26 –Brief Street. The Texas Department of State Health Services reports 13 confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in humans in Texas this year,although none have been reported in Taylor County. The Tarrant County Public Health District, which includes the city of Fort Worth, has reported two recent West Nile virus-related deaths. Both victims were elderly, and Tarrant County is awaiting confirmation from TDSHS that the deaths were West Nile-related. The peak season for mosquitoes that carry West Nile begins in summer and ends in the fall. “We’d like to remind the public that West Nile Virus is here to stay and that the public should continue to take precautions to avoidexposure to mosquitoes,” said Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District Health Authority Dr. Zane Travis. “People should remember thefour Ds: avoid outdoor activities during the primary mosquito feeding times of Dusk and Dawn; Dress in long sleeves and long pants if outdoorsduring dusk and dawn; Drain all standing water from containers that will hold water more than three to five days; and use an EnvironmentalProtection Agency-registered insect repellent such as those with DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Even a short time being outdoorscan be long enough to get a mosquito bite. Be sure to read labels carefully for instructions on 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 listfor mosquito spraying may phone the City of Abilene Environmental Health section at 437-4590 or sign up online at www.abilenetx.com.For more information on West Nile Virus, visit the TDSHS Web site at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/westNile.