County confirms West Nile positive mosquito in Keller

Posted Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Tarrant County Public Health Department on Monday confirmed Keller’s first positive mosquito case of West Nile Virus.

The sample was collected near ground storage tanks on Pearson Lane, about 1,500 feet north of Keller Parkway near the Keller-Southlake border, according to a city news release.

Homes and businesses within 500 feet of the site are being notified. Keller officials also have contacted the city of Southlake so notification efforts can be arranged.

Environmental Services Coordinator James Whitt said crews will conduct additional ground surveillance around the site.

Whitt said rainy weather can be helpful in flushing out stagnant water but it can also leave water behind.

“Once these storms end, it will be important for our citizens to remain vigilant in checking their properties for new pooling areas that provide a breeding ground for mosquitos,” Whitt said in a release.

County officials have not recommended that the city conduct ground spraying for mosquitoes as this time.

The first human case of West Nile Virus in Keller was confirmed Aug. 23 by the Tarrant County Public Health Department.

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.

Keller officials are encouraging all residents to continue checking ponds and drainage channels for stagnant water and also drain items such as wheelbarrows, play pools, swimming pools, bird baths, yard toys and other places where water collects.

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, 817-431-2231 Twitter: @susanmcfarland1

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