The first human case of West Nile Virus in Keller was confirmed Aug. 23 by the Tarrant County Public Health Department, according to a city news release.The affected resident is a man in his 60s who lives west of U.S. 377 and north of Wall-Price Keller Road near the city’s border with a pocket of unincorporated Tarrant County. "Due to the incubation period of West Nile Virus, it is impossible to know where or when the affected resident was bitten," said James Whitt, environmental services coordinator for the City of Keller, via the release. "At this time, the county has not recommended that the city take any action with regard to mosquitoes beyond our normal practice of source reduction and trapping."No mosquitoes trapped by either the city or county near this location or in Keller have tested positive for West Nile this year. Homes and businesses within 1,000 feet of the location are being mailed notification letters.City officials are encouraging residents to continue checking for stagnant pools of water in wheelbarrows, play pools, swimming pools, bird baths, yard toys and other places that water collects and make sure to empty or drain the water.To prevent mosquito bites, city officials urge residents to follow the four D’s: • Stay indoors during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. • Dress in long sleeves and pants when outside and for extra protection, spray thin clothing with repellent. • Look for the ingredient DEET in insect repellent. Always wear repellent when outdoors and choose products that contain up to 20 percent DEET.• Draining standing water is the most effective way to control mosquito populations.
Susan McFarland, 817-390-7547 Twitter: @susanmcfarland1