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West Nile precautions can help with prevention

A mosquito trap near the Environmental Education, Science & Technology building on UNT’s campus tested positive Aug. 24 for West Nile virus. The City of Denton has already issued a public health warning because samples of mosquitoes collected from traps around the city in July tested positive for West Nile virus.

Because of the escalation of the West Nile virus and the concern for the university community, UNT encourages you to take safety precautions, including:

  • Reduce skin exposure with appropriate clothing.
  • Close doors and windows at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Use appropriate insect repellent.
  • Eliminate standing water around your house or apartment – mosquitoes can lay their eggs in very shallow depths of water.

Additional information about West Nile virus and how to avoid mosquito bites can be found at the Student Health and Wellness Center website and from the Denton County Health Department. If you have other questions, you can call the Student Health and Wellness Center at 940-565-2333.

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 near the EESAT and at other locations 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 appropriate insecticide to campus employees who work outside, especially at dusk and dawn.
  • Applying a mosquito deterrent around the EESAT. The deterrent, Mosquito Barrier, is a non-toxic and "green" product made from garlic. 
  • Learn more about Mosquito Barrier

Information from the City of Denton on controlling mosquitoes and preventing West Nile virus is available here

Posted on: Wed 02 September 2015

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