WISD warned of mosquito-borne diseases, sends out info to parents, students

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Weatherford ISD was recently notified by the City of Weatherford that one of the mosquito collection sites tested positive for West Nile virus or other mosquito-borne diseases.

The positive site is located near the Wastewater Treatment Plant. To date, this is the only known incident where the virus is detected and it is important to note that no human case has been diagnosed.

The City of Weatherford began ground spraying for Oct. 11 after receiving word of the positive test on Oct. 10. The targeted location for the spraying included the area north to the intersection of Pamela Drive and Hickory Lane, west to the intersection of Hilltop Drive and Clear Lake Road and southeast to Santa Fe Drive, including the entire Briarwood subdivision.

As a precaution, Weatherford ISD shared information with parents, staff and students from the Texas Department of State Health Services regarding the prevention of and protection from the West Nile Virus.

In March of this year, the Weatherford City Council approved a Mosquito Surveillance and Response Plan which emphasizes the reduction of mosquito breeding sources, larviciding to help prevent larvae from becoming biting adults and chemical treatment as a last resort. After entering into the contract, traps were placed in five strategic locations throughout the City. The plan included regular trapping of adult mosquitoes and testing for West Nile Virus. Chemical treatment, simply referred to as spraying, was recommended only if or when trapped mosquitoes test positive for the virus.

For more information on West Nile Virus symptoms, statistics and how to protect yourself, visit http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/


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