About West Nile
Here are some facts and helpful information concerning West Nile Virus:
- WNV is not contagious: people can't give it to each other, and no evidence has been found that people can get it by handling animals.
- If you think that you have been infected with WNV, you should contact your family doctor.
- In areas where the virus has been found, fewer than 1% of the mosquitoes actually carry the disease and fewer than 1% of people who are bitten and infected become severely ill.
- Mosquitoes get the virus by feeding on birds who have it and then pass it on by biting humans, birds, horses, or other mammals.
- Most people who are infected with WNV do not have any symptoms. Mild symptoms that may appear include low-grade fever and headache. Other symptoms can include:
- High fever
- Muscle weakness
- Rarely, death
- Stiff neck
- Swollen lymph glands
- The Texas Department of State Health Services is no longer soliciting the submittal of dead birds for testing since WNV has been confirmed in the Metroplex area.
- West Nile Virus (WNV) is a disease that may occur if a person is bitten by an infected mosquito.
- While anyone can get WNV, people over 50 or with compromised immune systems are at the highest risk.
City of Forney Prevention Methods
Forney makes an effort to control mosquitoes in the area:
- Forney staff works with property owners to identify and treat bodies of standing water to prevent larvae from growing and hatching.
- Public Works will proactively spray scheduled areas at certain dates and times during the spring and summer months.
What You Can Do
Here is what you can do to help get rid of mosquitoes and reduce the risk of getting West Nile Virus:
- Call Forney Animal Control at 972-564-7397 if you have concerns with a dead crow or blue jay.
- Call Forney Public Works at 972-564-7340 for more information or help in treating standing water.
- Check your property for standing water. Check the saucers under potted plants, roof gutters, flat roofs, old tires, toys, garbage cans and dumpsters, anything that might hold water and not be emptied out regularly.
- Clean and change the water regularly (several times per week) in birdbaths, wading pools, pet dishes, and planters.
- Make sure windows/screens and doors/screens are bug-tight.
- Repair any leaky outdoor plumbing.
- Treat any standing water that can't be drained with BTI-available at most home and garden stores.
- Use yellow bug lights in outdoor lighting fixtures.
- Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most likely to be out and about, and use an insect repellent containing DEET to help prevent mosquito bites.