City issues mosquito warning


Perry Mellone

The city of Frisco recorded its first positive test for the West Nile Virus this week. Although there haven't been any reported cases of a person contracting the disease, city officials are reminding residents to take certain precautions such as using insect repellant and wearing long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk.

Lucas Barr, Editor-in-Chief

The city of Frisco has announced the first positive test for West Nile Virus (WNV) in the area after testing pools of standing water near Northwest Community Park. While there haven’t been any cases of humans with the West Nile Virus, the city is reminding residents to take measures to minimize the risk of contaminating the virus.

“With all the rainfall we’ve seen in recent weeks, it’s important for people to remember to drain the standing water around their homes,” Julie Fernandez, Frisco Environmental Health Supervisor said in a news release. “Mosquitoes can hatch in less than a week, in as little as a half-inch of water. That’s why it’s critically important check for standing water in places for flower pot trays, drains, and uncovered trash cans, to name a few.”

The city will continue test mosquito pools weekly until the third week of November. Other measures that can be taken to prevent mosquitoes from breeding include using approved insect repellents, wearing long sleeves at sunset and sundown, and using air conditioning.