Local weather could lead to upswing in West Nile virus activity

Fort Worth has been fortunate this year to have seen low activity in the number of positive West Nile virus cases. However, Tarrant County Public Health reported that there have been four confirmed West Nile virus positive mosquito samples collected this week.

The University of North Texas-Health Science Center, School of Public Health reports that current and upcoming weather provides perfect conditions for increased virus activity.

To help reduce the mosquito population, take a few moments to ensure your house is free of standing water that could become a breeding spot for mosquitoes:

  • Remove standing water in empty flower pots, pet bowls, outdoor toys, gutters, etc.
  • Maintain your swimming pool.
  • Keep your grass mowed.
  • When you’re outdoors, remember to wear repellent that contains DEET.
  • Wear clothing with long sleeves and pants when applicable.

If there’s an issue with standing water at a location that is not city property, report it to the city’s Customer Care Center at 817-392-1234.

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