(August 7, 2017) The City of Frisco reminds residents, and visitors alike, to proactively ‘fight the bite’ after receiving confirmation today a Frisco resident has recovered from the Neuroinvasive form of West Nile virus. Today’s news marks the city’s first human case this season. Collin County health officials alerted Frisco staff today about the case in the 75035 zip code, adding the patient did not report any travel history outside of the United States. No other information about the patient is available.
“Because the patient is no longer ill and we don’t know where or when the patient was infected, there’s no spray treatment plan scheduled,” said Julie Stallcup, Environmental Health Supervisor.
“However, staff will continue routine checks for stagnant water throughout the city, treating as needed. We can’t stress enough the importance of practicing good habits to ‘fight the bite’.”
The City of Frisco supports four precautionary habits promoted by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
- Use approved insect repellents: Use repellent every time you go outside. Approved repellents contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Follow label instructions.
- Drain standing water: Drain water that collects in bird baths, French drains, clogged gutters, saucers under potted plants and ‘splash blocks’ (at end of gutter down spout). The mosquitoes that carry WNV breed in stagnant water.
- Wear long sleeves, pants at dawn and dusk (when mosquitoes are most active).
- Use air conditioning: Make sure doors and windows are screened – and those screens are intact.
In accordance with its plan, Frisco began testing for mosquitoes May 1.
For more information on the city’s Mosquito Surveillance and Response Plan, visit Friscotexas.gov/Mosquitoes or contact the City of Frisco’s Health & Food Safety Division at 972-292-5304.