West Nile virus found in Tyler testing sample

A second mosquito has tested positive for West Nile Virus in Tyler causing some concern for Zika.

TYLER - A routine sample sent to Austin for testing of the West Nile Virus showed a positive result, according to a City of Tyler press release issued Sept. 8.

Tyler Mosquito Control sent routine samples to Austin of mosquitoes from areas around the city. Of those, a sample from the 7000 block of Gatewood Drive came back as a positive result.

TMC treated the area and is conducting a door-to-door campaign educating residents.

"TMC conducts weekly identification and arboviral testing throughout the City," said Chris Lennon, Code Enforcement manager. "With the data provided from those tests, TMC implements the appropriate preventative measures to help reduce the mosquito population within the City."

All citizens are encouraged to remember the 4 Ds to optimize protection from mosquitoes:

  • Deet: use insect repellent while outdoors at all times to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and other insects.
  • Dress: wear long, loose and light-colored clothing – including pants and long sleeves.
  • Drain: drain all standing water in and around the home and office.
  • Dusk and Dawn: limit outdoor activities during the dusk and dawn hours as mosquitoes are most active during those times.

Residents may report mosquito breeding grounds to Tyler Mosquito Control by calling 903-535-0045.

(© 2016 KYTX)


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