West Nile Virus Confirmed in Arlington

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Tarrant County Public Health authorities today confirmed two human cases of West Nile Virus in Arlington.  Due to health privacy laws, no further information pertaining to the individuals will be released. However, today the City of Arlington began notifying all schools, daycare and nursing home facilities, golf courses and other facilities near the affected areas.

On Friday, door hangers will be distributed reminding residents how to protect against West Nile Virus. City of Arlington Public Health Authority, Dr. Cynthia Simmons reminds residents, the best protection is prevention. “The most effective way to limit the spread is to keep the mosquitoes from breeding, ”  said Dr. Simmons. ” You can do that by emptying any pool of water where they lay their eggs.”

Arlington residents are also reminded to enjoy the outdoors, but to remember the Four D’s:

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.

Get the facts about West Nile Virus. Visit these websites:
www.arlingtontx.gov
www.cdc.gov