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West Nile Update

Aug 09, 2014 11:14AM ● By Mike

So far this Summer West Nile has not been an issue in Southlake.

There’s nothing more annoying than the buzz of a mosquito in your ear. However, with Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) confirming the first human case of West Nile virus for the 2014 season, you may have a little more than buzzing to be worried about.

At this time, the only detail known is that this case is from the City of Crowley, and it is a case of West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. While West Nile Fever is the name given to the mild form of the disease, when the suffix “Neuroinvasive Disease” is added the case becomes much more serious.

Despite last year's West Nile concerns, there is good news for Southlake. As of July 25, 2014, there have been no reported human cases of West Nile Virus, and all of the mosquito tests have been negative.

However, up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile Virus don’t show symptoms. Therefore the best defense is to avoid mosquito bites. Easier said than done though, right? The City of Southlake wants to remind you of the Four Ds to better help you “Fight the Bite.”

Four Ds to help Fight the Bite:

  • Drain all freestanding water – especially important considering all the rain we have received.
  • Dress in long sleeves and long pants.
  • Dusk/Dawn are the times of day when mosquitos that carry West Nile virus are most active.
  • DEET – use insect repellent that contains DEET.

Tarrant County has an interactive mapping tool that allows you to stay updated on current West Nile Virus conditions throughout the county. For more information about this map and the virus in general, visit the city's Fight the Bite website.