Health dept.: Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus back in Grayson Co.

DENISON, TX - The Grayson County Health Department has confirmed that one of the mosquito traps set in Denison has tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

Grayson County Health Director Amanda Ortez said Thursday they've placed a total of 250 traps around the county since May. She says the trap that tested positive for West Nile was located on West Burrell Street in Denison.

Ortez says the health department has set out about 250 traps around the county since May. She says mosquito traps were set on August 14th and submitted to the lab five days later. They received word late Wednesday night of those results.

Ortez says the count for this particular trap was about 111 mosquitos, which is relatively low. She says they don't know how many of those mosquitoes were carrying West Nile, since it only takes one to give a positive result.

She says they're working with Denison city officials about being proactive to prevent the spread of the virus.

"Our efforts at this point are to work with city officials and work with those in the neighborhood to try to get the message out to make sure that areas around the home are properly draining, because we've had some recent rain."

We'll have more on this tonight on News 12.


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