City to Launch West Nile Educational Campaign
By Office of Communication
Posted on July 06, 2012, July 06, 2012

Residents around Arlington will get tips on preventing West Nile Virus delivered to their doorstep. It's part of an educational campaign launched by the City after the confirmation of two cases of West Nile Virus by the Tarrant County Health Department on Thursday. City crews are also out on surveillance, taking water samples and following up on calls from residents complaining about standing water. Those surveys have been ongoing since prior to the reported cases of West Nile Virus. Crews routinely inspect storm drains, ponds or any other areas where they might find shallow, stagnant water for suspected mosquito larvae.

The door hangers contain tips on the "Four D's" of prevention:

  • Dusk and dawn are the times of day you should try to stay indoors. This is when infected mosquitoes are most active.
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants when you're outside. For extra protection, you may want to spray thin clothing with repellent.
  • DEET is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent. Follow label instructions, and always wear repellent when outdoors.
  • Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood where mosquitoes can breed. This includes old tires, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, etc. Mosquitoes may develop in any water stagnant for more than three or four days.

And information about symptoms. If you experience any of the following: a stiff neck, high fever, or severe headache, contact your health-care provider immediately. For more information about West Nile Virus, visit the Center for Disease Control

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