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UNT takes steps to lessen West Nile exposure risks

The City of Denton on Aug. 6 issued a public health warning because samples of mosquitoes collected on July 28 from three traps around the city tested positive for West Nile virus. One of the locations with a positive result was at McKenna Park, 700 N. Bonnie Brae St., less than a mile from the UNT campus.

The university has taken the following steps to minimize the risk of exposure to West Nile virus to those on campus. These include:

  • Placing mosquito dunks in standing water on campus, such as the ponds near Apogee Stadium. While mosquito dunks control mosquito larva, they are not harmful to people, pets, wildlife or fish.
  • Providing DEET to campus employees who work outside, especially at dusk and dawn.
  • Applying a mosquito deterrent in advance of outdoor events. The deterrent, Mosquito Barrier, is a non-toxic and "green" product made from garlic. Learn more

Information about West Nile virus, how to avoid mosquito bites, and UNT’s effort to reduce the mosquito population on campus is listed on the Risk Management Services website and the Health and Wellness Center website and is available from the Denton County Health Department

Posted on: Fri 07 August 2015

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