What is the County’s role during the 2013 West Nile Virus season?

During and after the 2012 West Nile virus season, Denton County Health Department (DCHD) immediately started working on plans for the 2013 season. The goal was to continue with what was done well and take lessons learned from 2012 to make improvements next year. Denton County’s plans include:

  • DCHD developed a Vector Control Plan based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) standards. Within the plan are Risk Levels, which indicate actions that will be considered at each particular level.
  • Plans were put into place to begin testing in unincorporated areas of the county. Mosquito traps were purchased, Environmental Health employees have been trained, and the Health Department arranged to have mosquitoes shipped and tested by the state (DSHS) lab. This testing will begin on May 1, 2013. DCHD will also ship mosquitoes from municipality traps if the municipality has no means to test.
  • Volunteers from Denton County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) will be deployed to conduct educational presentations and outreach, both as a prevention measure, and if positive mosquito pools are found in unincorporated areas with a high population density.
  • DCHD hosted a WNV Partner meeting in February and invited all municipalities in Denton County to discuss information sharing, and improve communication.
  • New education materials were developed based on feedback and frequently asked questions from 2012. More emphasis will be placed on "source reduction" in 2013.
  • DCHD’s West Nile virus website has been redesigned to make it more "user friendly." Visit Denton County’s website.

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