The City of University Park has been notified by its testing lab that a mosquito sample taken from the northeast side of UP Elementary School has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first time this summer that a mosquito has tested positive in University Park.
UP will treat all of its streets and alleys – including SMU’s main campus – on a more aggressive schedule. Fogging will be conducted Monday and Tuesday nights, Aug. 4 and 5, and again next Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 11 and 12. Fogging of the SMU campus is expected to begin late in the evening and extend into the early morning hours of the following day. As a precaution, UP recommends that you avoid being outside during fogging, close your windows and keep your pets inside.
UP began its systematic ground spraying schedule on April 1. The effort included fogging all interior streets on the SMU campus every other Thursday.
More information about the positive mosquito test and UP’s ongoing preventative efforts can be found at http://www.uptexas.org/News-Events/2014/Mosquito-sample-tests-positive-for-West-Nile-virus
Information about SMU’s mosquito control efforts is available at http://smu.edu/mosquitocontrol
Precautions related to mosquitoes and the West Nile virus
To protect yourself against West Nile and other diseases carried by mosquitoes, the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services recommends you:
Use insect repellents that contain DEET or any other EPA-approved insect repellent.
- Wear long sleeves/ pants, loose and light-colored clothing when outdoors.
- Protect yourself, especially if you go outside during dusk and dawn hours.
- Avoid stagnant water, where mosquitoes breed.
SMU monitors the campus daily for standing water, removes it and treats the area. If you see stagnant water on campus, please report it to SMU Facility Services at 214-768-3494.