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Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus found in Denton

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus found in Denton

June 21
15:22 2012


Staff Report

Mosquitoes testing positive for the West Nile Virus have been found in Denton, according to an email sent to the UNT community by the Student Health and Wellness Center on Thursday afternoon.

The Texas Department of State Health Services found the potentially dangerous virus in samples of mosquitoes taken from traps at North Lakes Park, Good Samaritan, the Denton Rail Trail and the former UNT golf course.

The Denton County Health Department is encouraging residents to stay indoors at dawn and dusk, dress in long sleeves and pants when outside, use insect repellent containing the chemical Deet and drain any standing water in yards or neighborhoods.

Lab tech Linda McCuiston puts mosquitoes in a tube for testing at Rutgers University. Photo by SHARON GEKOSKI-KIMMEL / MCT

The DCHD also recommends residents replace any torn or broken screens and contact a doctor if experiencing a mosquito bite accompanied by flu-like symptoms.

Students with questions or concerns can contact UNT’s Health and Wellness Center at 940-565-2333.

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