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West Nile Virus, 2014-2015 season

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WNV Update:     October 22              Previous updates

 

Now that the 2014/2015 West Nile Virus season is upon us, Tarrant County continues its year-round efforts to locate and identify areas of the county where pools of West Nile-positive mosquitoes may exist. Keeping our focus on the emergence of positive mosquitoes – and elimination of their breeding sites – will reduce the mosquito population and minimize the number of human West Nile virus cases.

 

As in previous seasons, Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has made traps available to all Tarrant County cities. Cities are setting the traps in strategic locations, collecting samples of mosquitoes and delivering them to the TCPH laboratory or a contracted laboratory for testing. Collectively, more than 150 traps are now in use across the county. TCPH will use the same process in the County’s unincorporated areas. Test results will be posted in this location and on the interactive map on this web page.

 

Prevention is a key component. There is no way to predict what the season will be like, and everyone needs to work to eliminate breeding sites around their homes, use repellent and dress appropriately if they are outdoors, especially from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

 

 

About West Nile Virus

 

      West Nile Virus (WNV) is a potentially serious illness. Experts believe WNV is a seasonal epidemic of the summer months, just like influenza is to winter. West Nile virus can be transmitted year-round whenever mosquitoes are biting, which is why it is best to protect yourself all year.

 

      Everyone is at risk of being affected by West Nile virus. Check our West Nile virus information on this site for prevention tips and facts about West Nile virus.  Our West Nile Virus Toolkit also contains helpful information you can share.

 

      Every resident can Take Control and Stop West Nile Virus. Mosquitoes must have standing water in which to begin their life cycle. Almost any container or area of standing water presents a potential “mosquito nursery” in which eggs can be laid. Residents are encouraged to eliminate mosquito-breeding areas from their yard and community.

 

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West Nile Virus Interactive Map
 
 
Click on the map for more information.
 

How to use the map:

 

When the map opens you’ll see a Public Information menu to the right side.  The tabs work as follows:

 

Announcements:  provides the latest announcements regarding WNV.

 

WNV View: Allows you to search for mosquito trap locations, (positive, negative and by ZIP Code) within a date range and by location (address, ZIP Code and city).

 

Layers: Allows you to see where traps and mosquitoes are found by geographic areas specific to schools, city boundaries,

ZIP Coded, etc.

 

Tools:  Allows you to place a radius buffer area over a specific trap location or set up a time line to see the amount of mosquitoes tested over time at a specific location.

 

The “?” in each tab provides further information and instruction.

 




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