West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus Information

Protect yourself against mosquitoes and West Nile Virus

In response to incidents of West Nile Virus in North Texas, the City of Irving plans to continue its aggressive mosquito control action plan of ground spraying techniques to combat mosquitoes until the region's severe seasonal West Nile Virus outbreak has subsided.

Public health officials state that very few mosquitoes carry West Nile Virus and that human infection remains relatively rare. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash on the trunk of the body and swollen lymph glands. The illness can last from a few days to several weeks. Adults over the age of 50 and those with suppressed immune systems are the most vulnerable. Visit the Center for Disease Control website for more information. http://www.cdc.gov/features/StopMosquitoes/

The most recent data collected indicates that the West Nile Virus threat is not as widespread in Irving as it is in some neighboring cities. However, Irving residents are strongly advised to exercise caution by adhering to the Four D's (Dusk/Dawn, Dress, DEET and Drain).

  • Dusk/Dawn mosquitoes are more prevalent during these times of the day, so exercise caution when outside then
  • Dress wear long sleeves and pants
  • DEET use insect repellant. For those not comfortable with DEET try rubbing a 'Bounce' softener sheet on exposed skin and then carrying the sheet in your pocket, or try Avon's Skin-so-Soft lotion
  • Drain get rid of and stay away from standing water which is a breeding ground for mosquitoes

More information can be found at www.cityofirving.org and select "West Nile Watch."

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