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Special to The Dallas Examiner | 7/27/2015, 5:25 a.m.
Special to The Dallas Examiner
Dallas County Health and Human Services announced the first human West Nile Virus case in the city of Dallas for the 2015 season on Tuesday.
The resident diagnosed with West Nile Fever lives in the 75217 ZIP code. Due to medical confidentiality, additional information about the person is not provided.
The protocol is to conduct targeted ground spraying in areas where WNV has been confirmed in mosquitoes, and in areas where trapping has indicated significant increases in the number of mosquitoes that have the potential to carry the virus. Existing traps near the human case have not tested positive for WNV. The city will expand surveillance and place an additional trap near the location to gain information on mosquito activity.
The mosquito control program is continually evolving to address the threat of the virus. The city is proactively identifying sources of mosquito breeding by responding to 311 calls about standing water, stagnant pools and water conservation complaints. However, it is important that residents do their part by taking the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to the virus.
Dallas residents are urged to take precautions against mosquito bites by reducing outdoor activity during evening and nighttime hours. Residents who are outside during these times should cover their arms and legs and use a mosquito repellant.
Residents should eliminate standing water to prevent mosquito breeding and the spread of WNV. Breeding places for mosquitoes include swimming pools that are not kept clean, stagnant ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys, and clogged rain gutters and French drains. Standing water should be eliminated promptly, as mosquitoes can grow from egg to adult in as little as seven days.
Addition information, including links to videos developed to educate the public on WNV prevention, is provided at http://www.dallascityhall.com.
The Dallas Public Library will host a Veteran’s Expo to provide information and resources available to veterans, including benefits, education and career services, health screenings and housing assistance. The expo will be held Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the first floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, located at 1515 Young St. For more information, visit http://dallaslibrary2.org.
Throughout the month of August, the students of Remington Cosmetology College Programs will host Cuts for Kids, which provides free haircuts to children that are 17 years of age and under. Service is available Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Salon at Remington, located at 1640 Eastgate Drive in Garland.
During the campaign, the college will collect school supplies, such as pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. for local schools. Anyone who brings a donation can receive a free haircut, manicure or pedicure. To schedule an appointment, call 972-698-3890. The program will also take walk-ins. For more information about the college, visit http://www.remingtoncosmo.com.
Frontiers of Flight Museum shuttles will take Dallas-area students on a terminal tour to showcase the inner workings of the Dallas Love Field airport and the operation mechanisms that keep the aircrafts flying. Youth will also have an opportunity to view a living history performance of prominent people in aviation history. The free event, open to children 2 to 15 years old, will be held Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum, located at 6911 Lemmon Ave. For more information, visit http://www.dallascityoflearning.org.