West Nile positive virus mosquito pool found in Highland Park

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:49 AM

DALLAS - Dallas County Health and Human Services has been alerted to the first 2013 West Nile positive mosquito pool in Highland Park, more than a month earlier than usual.

Spraying will take place in Highland Park Friday night.

Statistically, Highland Park had the highest rate of severe West Nile infections in 2012.

So now, Highland Park's mosquito is being sent off for further testing to determine if it might be an old mosquito that survived the winter to spread infection.

"They go dormant," explained Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zachary Thompson, "and the research that we're looking at shows that they may have gotten their blood meal last season, and they may transmit that to the eggs in the new year."

Thompson confirmed the first positive mosquito from Richardson found last week was one that survived the winter.

Thompson confirmed the first positive mosquito from Richardson found last week was one that survived the winter.

"It's an early indicator of how important it is to knock down these mosquitoes early, so we don't have a situation like what we had last year in July," Thompson said.

Health authorities hope this will be a wake up call for residents across North Texas to wear insect repellent and check empty standing water in their yards where mosquitoes might breed.

Ground spraying will being between 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday read a press release sent out by the Town of Highland Park Friday morning. In the photo below, Segment B will be what authorities spray.

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