Tarrant County Public Health will do ground spraying in unincorporated portions of southeast Tarrant County in response to positive West Nile virus mosquito samples from the areas. Weather permitting, spraying will occur between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, July 29 and July 30, after all resident notifications have been completed.
The first West Nile virus human case and death of the 2020 season was reported on July 21.
So far this season, 2,146 mosquito samples have been tested since West Nile virus seasonal surveillance began on April 1. A total of 137 samples from the Tarrant County region have tested positive for West Nile virus.
The City of Fort Worth, in conjunction with the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) and Tarrant County Public Health, conducts weekly mosquito testing at 50 locations. To date, the city has had 38 positive tests this season and has conducted five targeted spray missions. The decision to spray is based on scientific data and is made in conjunction with partners at UNTHSC.
Tarrant County Public Health reminds residents to take measures to safeguard against West Nile virus. Residents should dump standing water on their property, use repellent and, whenever possible, dress in long pants and long sleeves during all hours of the day.
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