City Addresses Human West Nile Virus Concerns

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City Manager Dan O’Leary says that the City of Duncanville was notified by the Dallas Health Department authorities that there was a confirmed human case of the West Nile Virus on Southwood Drive last Friday.

By Friday afternoon City staff had created a flyer and walked that neighborhood, going door-to-door to pass out the information to the residents. The flyer included the fact that a neighbor had contracted the West Nile virus, and information on how to personally protect yourself and family members. This also included an announcement that the neighborhood would be sprayed in the next few days.

The city also used the “Code Red” system to call all the registered homes in that neighborhood with that same information.

“We consulted with Dallas County authorities, who are taking the lead on appropriate responses to the West Nile Virus outbreak, regarding other measures we might take,” says O’Leary.

The neighborhood will be contacted again on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 1, that Dallas County will be spraying the neighborhood that night. The spraying is schedule to begin at 10:30PM that night and will continue until early Thursday morning.

The city council will receive a report from Duncanville Health Officer Mike Plemons at the August 7 City Council meeting.

At the last meeting Plemons told the council that a mosquito trap on Jewel Street had tested positive, and then two weeks later it tested negative. Plemons stated that in his opinion that the spraying was not necessary and was not in line with city policy. City policy states that only when numerous human cases of West Nile cases have been confirmed in a given area will the city spray. Plemons went on to say that studies show that spraying does not protect humans, only repellent with DEET does and that spraying only kills on contact and does not have any long-lasting effects. The city does spray for larvae only to reduce the number or adult females, which carry the West Nile virus. He further advised that citizens could use home foggers, and larvaecide for standing water to reduce the mosquito population around their homes.

“We have no other reported human cases and no other trapped mosquito positives for West Nile Virus at this time,” said O’Leary.

The Dallas County Health and Human Service Department confirmed the first human case of the West Nile Virus on June 20, in Richardson. You can download a Fact Sheet from the Dallas County Health and Human Services by clicking here.