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Mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile virus in Denton

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Kyle Martin, Staff Writer

A sampling of mosquitoes from a trap on Mockingbird Lane tested positive for West Nile virus last week, the city of Denton reported Friday. 

The mosquito trap was on the northwest side of the city on Mockingbird between Mingo Road and Stockton Road, according to a city news release

Denton is now at Risk Level 3, which means probability of a human outbreak is "low to moderate," according to the city's Mosquito Surveillance and Response Plan, which can be found on the city's website. 

The city will increase the use of biological agents to kill mosquito larvae, the news release says, and will work to educate the public about the mosquito-borne disease.

"This is the first sample that has tested positive for West Nile virus in the City of Denton this year," Deborah Viera, the city's assistant director of environmental services, said in the release.  "Mosquito control efforts in past seasons have been successful, which would not have been possible without the source reduction and larviciding efforts of Denton citizens."

The city has limited quantities of biological agents, in the form of briquettes that kill mosquito larvae, available for public use while supplies last, according to the website. 

Two briquettes per resident are available for pickup with proof of residency — such as a valid driver's license or Denton utility bill — at two locations:

  • Water Administration, 901-A Texas St. in the Utility Service Center, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • City of Denton Composting, 1100 S. Mayhill Road in the Pecan Creek Water Reclamation Facility, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

More information about reducing mosquito population and protecting against West Nile exposure can be found online at the city's website, including the city's Mosquito Surveillance and Response Plan and a Fight the Bite tips and prevention information list. 

FEATURED PHOTO: In 2013, a test tube of mosquitoes trapped by Dr. Joon-Hak Lee and a group of UNT students is readied for evaluation at a lab in Fort Worth.