CONTINUE TO PRACTICE THE FOUR 'D'S'
(August 22, 2012) The City of Frisco has received confirmation of two more cases of West Nile virus
(WNV), bringing the total of confirmed cases in Frisco to five. None of the five cases have resulted in death.
As a result, Frisco will target two areas – one in Collin County and one in Denton County. Spraying is scheduled for August 23 between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next morning.
In Collin County, the general area to be ‘sprayed’ is bordered by Regal Oak Lane, Coventry Lane, Lookout Point, and Cardiff Lane... view the map. The area being targeted in Denton County is bordered by Witt Road, F.M. 423, Harbor Springs Drive and Rose Lane... view the map.
Today, the Denton County Health Department recommended aerial spraying. At this time, Frisco does not plan to participate.
“We don’t have the concentration or number of cases that other cities in Denton County – or Dallas County -- are experiencing,” said Mayor Maher Maso. “We believe our current response plan is effective, and so we will continue with targeted ground spraying.”
The City of Frisco’s WNV Response Plan calls for spraying once a case is confirmed by local health department authorities. City staff recommends you stay indoors during spraying, bring pets and their dishes indoors, and cover any fish ponds. Pool water, if properly filtrated, will not be affected.
Frisco reminds residents to practice ‘The Four D’s’, which are precautionary measures promoted by the Texas Department of State Health Services:
- DRAIN all standing water;
- DRESS in light-colored, long sleeve clothing when outdoors;
- DEET…Use mosquito repellants that contain Deet;
- DUSK OR DAWN… Mosquitoes are most active during dusk and dawn. Avoid outdoor activities during these hours, when possible. Otherwise, make sure you use repellant containing DEET when outdoors during these times.
“We needed the recent rains, but now we need you to help reduce your risks of being bit by a mosquito carrying the virus,” said Julie Stallcup, Environmental Health Supervisor. “Look for standing water in saucers under flower pots, old tires, stagnant fountains, bird baths or even backyard toys. Essentially, drain anything that can collect water. Avoid outdoors during dawn or dusk. Otherwise, make sure you and your children use repellants if you’re golfing, jogging or doing anything else outdoors during these hours. We really need everyone to do his or her part.”
City employees are treating city owned properties, such as parks, with larvicide briquettes when they find stagnant water onsite. The City of Frisco does not treat private property, such as yards. Golf course ‘greens’ are the responsibility of the property owner or Home Owners Association.
Residents may purchase larvicide briquettes at home improvement stores. The larvicide briquettes may be crushed -- or purchased in granular form – to apply to ‘French drains’ or other ‘hard to get to’ areas.
For more information on the City of Frisco’s response plan to West Nile virus, go to www.friscotexas.gov or call 972-292-5304 or email email@example.com
Related Press Releases on WNV:
08.09.12 - Frisco to spray for mosquitoes in southwest area of city August 10
08.07.12 - Third WNV case confirmed in Frisco late this afternoon
08.02.12 - Second case of WNV confirmed in Frisco; city to spray for mosquitoes in west Frisco Aug. 8
07.30.12 - Frisco to spray for mosquitoes August 1