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Officials Want North Texans to Prepare for Mosquito Season



    (Published Monday, March 31, 2014)

    City officials across North Texans want residents to prepare for mosquito season, and protect themselves from West Nile virus, as warmer weather is on the horizon.

    Many cities and counties want to get a jump start on mosquito season to keep people safe from the deadly West Nile virus. Last year, 13 people died from West Nile virus in Texas alone, and dozens were sick.

    Some people are already concerned about the virus.

    “I worry for my daughter," parent Akesha Epps said. "I don’t want her getting sick."

    “I am very concerned with being outside a lot,” said Tommy Duwong, who now pays close attention as the weather gets warmer.

    Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties are working on proactive efforts in the fight against West Nile virus. They want to remind residents to dress to avoid mosquito bites, wear insect repellent, and drain standing water in and around your house.

    The city of Plano will be at Pecan Hollow Golf Course on Tuesday to drop 2,000 mosquito eating fish in a creek in an effort to stop mosquitoes.

    “Mosquitoes will be coming out here shortly, and we just want to knock out the mosquitoes before they take flight,” said Geoff Heinicke, Environmental Health Manager.

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