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Mosquito Samples in Southlake Test Positive for West Nile Virus

City schedules ground spraying for Thursday

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    Samples taken from mosquito traps at 3240 Woodland Drive, 870 Shady Lane and 700 Greymoor Place in Southlake have tested positive for West Nile virus. (Published Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013)

    The city of Southlake will conduct ground spraying after three new mosquito pools tested positive for West Nile virus.

    The city alerted residents shortly after the cases were confirmed. The positive samples were taken from traps at 3240 Woodland Drive, 870 Shady Lane and 700 Greymoor Place.

    Greymoor Place sits right next to the soccer fields behind Rockenbaugh Elementary School where children were practicing Wednesday evening.

    The Carroll school district emailed parents about changes to area schools as a result of the positive tests. Similar to last week, elementary schools will cancel recesses on Thursday and Friday. School athletic practices will continue, but the district is urging parents to allow their children to wear DEET.

    "West Nile really worries me, so I always try to make sure my kids get DEET whenever they're out, spray them with Off when they're out near dusk, a time when mosquitoes can really be out," said Chris Hurrell, who was watching his son practice at Rockenbaugh Elementary on Wednesday evening.

    The city will ground spray within a half-mile radius of the affected areas on Thursday night, weather permitting, or on Friday, if necessary.

    According to a city press release, Public Works Director Bob Price has this reminder for residents:

    "We are urging people to take this personally," Public Works Director Bob Price said in a press release. "Residents should continually check their property for standing water and treat any standing water with larvicide."

    Price also advised everyone to use insect repellent containing DEET whenever they are outside and where mosquitoes may be present, especially during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

    The city of Southlake reported its first positive West Nile virus sample last week, also in the 700 block of Greymoor Place.


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