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

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- Health officials confirm one mosquito trap in Denison has tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the first positive result in 2014 for Grayson County.

The health department says it was a mosquito trap placed on the 500 block of West Burrell Street that tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Thursday, News 12 talked to a man who lives near that trap, who says he is taking steps to protect himself and regardless where you live, you should too.

"Over here off this alley, I mean there's a bunch of tree growth back there," said Denison resident, Robert Graham. "You can kinda see it back there between the houses."

Graham says it was near his home on West Burrell Street, where the first mosquito trap tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Unfortunately, we received a report late yesterday evening from our laboratory that one of our mosquito pools that was submitted for analysis of West Nile Virus was detected with a positive pool," said Grayson County Health Department Director, Amanda Ortez.

Ortez says they've placed 250 traps around the county since May and are now working with city officials to closely monitor the affected area.

We will continue to trap at that location in Denison on a more frequent basis, probably about twice a week," Ortez said. "In addition we till try to identify areas where we can set traps and submit samples in other areas around that particular block."

Graham says he let the health department place traps near his home because of the location.

"I just felt that because of my location being by the school and the Boys and Girls Club down here that it would be a good place to see if there would be a problem," Graham said.

Graham says he is being proactive and notifying neighbors about how to protect themselves.

"Containers will have the potential to harvest mosquito larvae so you know containers that have water need to be turned upside down and emptied, and if you're outside wear as much bug spray with DEET," said resident, Ray McGuire.

Ortez says all residents around the county can do their part to help to "Fight the bite."

Use the 4 D's: Dress. Proper dress, dusk and dawn, when they're most active, and watch your activity outdoors," Ortez said. "Your drainage around your house and that means no stagnant water, and of course your DEET, apply insect repellent containing DEET."

Ortez says it's important to note, there have not been any human cases of West Nile Virus reported.

For more information on how you can protect yourself, you can log on to the Grayson County Health Department website at --

http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/users/0001/docs/WNVHDpublicdoc.pdf


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