Tarrant County Issues West Nile Virus Warning

Steven Pickering
July 31, 2020 - 5:44 am

    Officials with Tarrant County Public Helath say positive West Nile Virus mosquito activity is at record high levels.

    "We are continuing to see rapid increases in mosquito infection rates in Tarrant County, which means we have more human risk for West Nile Virus," said Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja. Mosquitoes can carry the virus and transmit it to humans.

    Officials are urging people to take precautions to reduce their risk of exposure to West Nile. Those include using insect repellents and draining standing water where mosquitoes can breed.

    Crews will be spraying for mosquitoes this evening in areas of Tarrant County where surveillance has shown an increase in the number of mosquitoes with the virus.

    Tarrant County reported its first death from West Nile Virus of 2020 on July 21st.