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Posted on: June 5, 2020

Second Mosquito Pool Tests Positive for WNV; City to Treat with Larvicide, Increase Surveillance

(June 5, 2020) The City of Frisco confirms one mosquito pool has tested ’positive’ for West Nile Virus (WNV).  As a result, the City of Frisco is increasing surveillance efforts and treating public areas on-foot as needed near the Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt with larvicide. No human cases of the virus are confirmed in Frisco. This is the second positive pool in Frisco this season.

“As people start to spend more time outdoors, we want to remind everyone about the importance of protecting ourselves and our families." said Julie Fernandez, Environmental Health Supervisor. “It just takes one bite from an infected mosquito to spread the disease, so it is always a good idea to practice the four D’s.”

The City of Frisco supports four precautionary habits promoted by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

  • Use approved insect repellents: Use repellent every time you go outside. Approved repellents contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Follow label instructions.
  • Drain standing water: Drain water that collects in bird baths, French drains, clogged gutters, saucers under potted plants and ‘splash blocks’ (at end of gutter down spout). The mosquitoes that carry WNV breed in stagnant water.
  • Wear long sleeves, pants at dawn and dusk (when mosquitoes are most active).
  • Use air conditioning: Make sure doors and windows are screened – and those screens are intact.

In accordance with its plan, Frisco began testing for mosquitoes May 1. 

For more information on the city’s Mosquito Surveillance and Response Plan, visit Friscotexas.gov/Mosquitoes or contact the City of Frisco’s Health & Food Safety Division at 972-292-5304.

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