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Collin County Launches Blog for WNV Updates

County also blogs about weekly updates on mosquito test results



    Collin County introduced its blog last week, Skeeter Beaters, which is run by the Collin County Health Care Department. (Published Monday, June 24, 2013)

    Collin County health officials are using their new Skeeter Beaters blog to update the public on West Nile virus.

    After the city of Plano launched its Bug Blog in mid-May, the county caught onto the idea. Collin County introduced its blog, which is run by the Collin County Health Care Department, late last week.

    Geoffrey Heinicke, Plano environmental health manager, said Plano's blog has proved to be a useful tool.

    "We're getting a lot of hits. A lot of people are following our blog," he said.

    By this time last year, the city had seen its first positive tests for West Nile virus in mosquito pools.

    The Skeeter Beaters blog links to local resources in individual Collin County cities from Allen to Wylie, including Plano's Bug Blog.

    "It's important for everyone to have the same message going out," Heinicke said.

    Collin County will also release updated testing results on Skeeter Beaters every Friday, offering weekly surveillance reports based on mosquito test results.

    Heinicke said Plano, which has been trapping since April, has not seen an unusually high number of mosquitoes, nor has it had a sample test positive for West Nile virus.

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