Monday, July 8, 2013
McKinney reports no West Nile infections during peak season
The city has been proactive to counteract the disease.
MCKINNEY The city of McKinney has been actively combating West Nile Virus since the 2012 outbreak put North Texas on high alert, and prevention measures have paid off as no mosquitoes — or human cases — have been reported this year.
City staff have been trapping mosquitoes throughout the city, larvaciding places where stagnate water collects to prevent an outbreak. More than 50 traps have been set in the city since January and more than 470 have been set throughout the county.
The city's mosquito surveillance program will continue until the first freeze. Anna Clark, communications and media relations manager for the city, said there were two human cases reported last year in the early summer months.
"Now would be about the time, but so far we have seen no cases," she said. "We sprayed all the way until September last year, so it was a really active season. If people are looking for ways to be proactive, they can call the city and we have traps dedicated for those incidents."
For residents wishing to take a proactive approach, the city recommends remembering the five D's: Drain standing water, defend yourself with insect repellent, dress protectively, stay indoors from dusk until dawn, and keep doors closed.
"Mosquitoes are attracted to stagnate water — so birdbaths, gutters, old tires, or swing sets, anything that hold water that's non-treated," Clark said.
For information about mosquito control, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 972-547-7473, or visit mckinneytexas.org/mosquitocontrol.
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