DCHHS REPORTS TWELFTH HUMAN WEST NILE VIRUS CASE
NEWS RELEASE CONTACTS
Pamela Smith, Dallas County Public Information Officer
Amy Sprinkles, Communications Director, City of Grand Prairie, Texas
972-237-8140 (office); 214-240-2557 (cell)
Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) announced the 12th human West Nile virus case in Dallas County for the 2013 season. The resident lives in Grand Prairie ZIP code 75052 and is diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information.
The City of Grand Prairie will ground spray the following area for two consecutive nights on Thursday, Oct. 24, and Friday, Oct. 25, starting at 10 p.m. This area is bound by Westchase Dr. on the north, Westcliff Rd. and Fargo Dr. on the east, Broadsword Ln. and San Jacinto Dr. on the south, and S. Carrier Pkwy. on the west.
Residents in this area are advised to stay indoors, keep pets inside, and cover fishponds during those times. Spraying will be cancelled if wind speeds are above 10 mph or in the event of rain.
All Grand Prairie residents are asked to help eliminate the areas that mosquitoes need to breed by emptying, removing or covering any receptacle that can hold water, and keeping swimming pools properly treated and chemically balanced.
To prevent mosquito bites, residents are advised to use an insect repellent containing at least 30 percent DEET (lower concentration for children) and stay indoors at dawn and dusk.
The City of Grand Prairie conducts regular tests on mosquito samples throughout the city as part of its West Nile Virus surveillance program. For more information on vector control in Grand Prairie, please visit: www.gptx.org/FighttheBite.