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West Nile Virus

August 20, 2012

Dallas to conduct more West Nile spraying tonight and this week. For more information, go to www.dallascityhall.com and/or follow @AerialMosquito on Twitter.


August 19, 2012

ATTENTION - IMPORTANT SAFETY MESSAGE
Aerial spraying for West Nile Virus continues Sunday, August 19 in the City of Dallas

Dallas Baptist Campus Community,

I want to share this important update on the West Nile Virus and aerial spraying of mosquitoes in Dallas, including District 3 and Southern Dallas TONIGHT, AUGUST 19, beginning at 9 p.m. and continuing through Tuesday (August 21). Dallas Baptist University resides in District 3 of the City of Dallas.

Please read the announcement below on aerial spraying released from the City of Dallas.

J. Blair Blackburn, Ed.D.
Executive Vice President
Dallas Baptist University

Dallas - Due to the spread of the West Nile Virus and high infection rates in people, aerial spraying will continue Sunday, August 19, in Dallas County. In the City of Dallas aerial spraying will be conducted as early as 9:00 p.m. on Sunday until the identified area is complete, weather permitting.

Approximately 88,000 acres in Dallas County were sprayed in Friday night’s mission. The remaining 222,000 acres in Dallas County - identified in the spraying mission that took place Friday evening - will be sprayed on Sunday evening, weather permitting, to complete the first round of the application (the blue area on the map noted below).

A second round of spraying will occur throughout Dallas County, including the entire City of Dallas, Monday night and Tuesday night per the recommendation of Dr. Roger Nasci and Dr. Janet McAllister of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). According to those experts, back to back spraying will not hamper the effectiveness of the second spraying event. A second application is recommended to kill the larvae that have hatched since the first spraying event.

Aerial spraying is considered to be an effective and safe way to kill adult mosquitoes in large, densely populated areas. Although the pesticide is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, residents are advised to take the following precautions:

Avoid being outside during spraying; close windows and keep pets inside.

If skin or clothes are exposed, wash them with soap and water.

Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables with water as a general precautionary measure.

Cover small ornamental fish ponds.

Because the chemical breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, no special precautions are suggested for outdoor swimming areas.

Residents are also urged to reduce outdoor activity during evening and nighttime hours. When outside, cover arms and legs and use a mosquito repellant. Standing water should be eliminated promptly, as mosquitoes can grow from egg to adult in as little as seven days. Breeding places for mosquitoes include swimming pools that are not kept clean, stagnant ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters and French drains.

For more information on West Nile Virus aerial spraying visit **www.DallasCityHall.com* [ http://www.dallascityhall.com/ ]*
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August 17, 2012

IMPORTANT | City of Dallas Aerial Spraying | TONIGHT

Dallas Baptist Campus Community,

Please be advised that the City of Dallas and Dallas County will be conducting aerial spraying of pesticides for mosquitos tonight, Friday, August 17, beginning at 9:00 p.m. Please see below the email from DBU's City of Dallas Council Member, Scott Griggs, regarding aerial spraying in our area.

We strongly urge all members of the Dallas Baptist campus community to restrict your activity to indoors after 9:00 p.m. tonight for the duration of the evening. Below you will see recommendations on how to protect yourself on the pesticide spraying.

Blair Blackburn

>>> "Scott Griggs" 8/17/2012 4:31 PM >>>

Hello! I want to share this important update on the West Nile Virus and aerial spraying in Dallas, including D3 and Southern Dallas TONIGHT (AUGUST 17), beginning at 9 p.m.

Your friend,

[1]Scott Griggs

From City of Dallas staff ... The West Nile Virus spraying program continues tonight (August 17):

--The rest of the City that was not sprayed last night will be sprayed tonight
--Last night’s spraying was cut short due to rain
--Because rain is threatening once again tonight, operations will begin at 9:00 p.m.
--If everything goes as planned, tonight’s spraying will complete the FIRST application for the WHOLE city
--TWO applications will be required
--The SECOND application will be conducted two days after the FIRST
application to kill the adult mosquitoes missed on the first spray as well as those mosquitoes that hatch within the two days

Residents are advised to take the following precautions:

Avoid being outside during spraying; close windows and keep pets inside.

If skin or clothes are exposed, wash them with soap and water.

Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables with water as a general precautionary measure.

Cover small ornamental fish ponds and beehives.

Because the chemical breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, no special precautions are suggested for outdoor swimming areas.

Residents are also urged to reduce outdoor activity during evening and nighttime hours. When outside, cover arms and legs and use a mosquito repellant. Standing water should be eliminated promptly, as mosquitoes can grow from egg to adult in as little as seven days. Breeding places for mosquitoes include swimming pools that are not kept clean, stagnant ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters and French drains.

Aerial Spraying Report for Thursday, August 16:

--Two airplanes loaded with Duet pesticide initiated spraying at 10 p.m. Spraying was estimated to be completed by 2 a.m., but suspended at midnight due to inclement weather. Area scheduled but not sprayed is approximately 1/2 mile west of Jupiter Rd and Buckner Blvd east to the City Limit
--Pre-spray mosquito traps were placed by Clarke Mosquito Control (State's contractor), County and City. Samples were to be collected by noon on Friday and results will be assessed to determine need for follow-up applications.

Please pass along this information to your family, friends and neighbors. We need to get the word out!

Pol. Adv. Paid by Scott Griggs Campaign | Lena Liles, Treasurer | P.O. Box 227176, Dallas Texas 75222

References

1. http://griggsfordallas.com/


August 6, 2012

Dallas Baptist Family,

I want to share with you what the Administrative Affairs Division and Landscaping Department have been doing to protect the Dallas Baptist University campus community from mosquitoes and West Nile Virus. On behalf of the University Family, I extend our gratitude to Jonathan Teat and Robert Erickson for their proactive strategies to control and reduce larval mosquito populations in water features (lakes, ponds, streams, standing water) on campus.

For effective control, Jonathan and Robert have worked together with Dr. Cook and me, along with external pest control specialists to develop an integrated mosquito management plan (IMM) that attacks the mosquito population through multiple methods.

Please see below DBU's continued proactive efforts protect our campus community from the ongoing threat of West Nile Virus from mosquitoes.

Mayday - DBU's Pest Treatment Contract Partner

Mayday Pest Control began campus-wide foliage treatments on July 26. Mayday concentrated their treatment measures last week around Patriot Soccer Field, Patriot Field, O'Guinn Creek, water features, and areas around Colonial Village and Williamsburg Village. Mayday has also added Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) to the general pest treatment during each weekly perimeter treatment. If and when Mayday finds potential mosquito breeding sites, Mayday notifies Robert Erickson and immediately responds with aggressive and appropriate treatments. The weekly treatments that include Insect Growth Regulator will continue through the end of September.

Magnolia Fisheries - DBU's Mosquito Treatment Contract Partner

Magnolia Fisheries has applied mosquito dunks at a rate of 1 dunk/100 sq. feet in areas in and around lakes and ponds where mosquito breeding is likely. Selected areas have been separated from fish bearing waterways (no exposure to fish predation) and/or easily subjected to still and stagnant water conditions. Prime areas of treatment include connections between waterways (ditch that connects Bush Pond to O'Guinn Creek), low lying areas around lakes (eastern end of Southwest Ponds and depression below outflow of Southwest Ponds), and landlocked pools that may have developed during the drought (standing water in rocks or pools in the creek that runs along the eastern side of campus). Mosquito dunks provide treatment for 30 days. Magnolia Fisheries provided their treatment early last week and will return with follow up treatment in 30 days or as identified by Robert Erickson and our administrative leadership.

DBU Landscaping Department

Robert and the Landcaping staff will continue to inspect campus-wide for mosquito breeding as a part of their daily activities. Storm drain lines and outer perimeter areas where potential breeding sites may develop will receive particular attention with approved, aggressive response measures. In addition, the Landscaping Staff conducted a thorough inspection and treatment of the northwest corner of campus, specifically along the multiple smaller waterways that carry water across DBU's property line to the Trinity River Authority/TXDOT Culvert #9 and eventually into Mountain Creek Lake. DBU's staff are wearing appropriate clothing and mosquito repellant, while conducting inspections and treatments. Robert and his team will continue to conduct follow-up inspections and treatments as warranted.

Please pray for God to protect DBU's campus community from exposure to West Nile Virus. Let's especially pray each day for God to place a hedge of protection around Robert Erickson and our hard-working Landscaping staff as they battle to eliminate the growth of mosquito populations.

Blair Blackburn


July 31, 2012

Dear Dallas Baptist Family,

Given that the Dallas/Ft. Worth area has seen an increasing number of West Nile Virus cases, I want to share with you an update on preventative and control measures the Dallas Baptist University Physical Operations and Landscaping Departments have implemented over the weekend and yesterday to control the growth of mosquitos on the Dallas Baptist campus.

Drainage areas and places where standing water has been present around campus were investigated and treated for mosquito larvae on Monday by DBU Landscaping staff, under the leadership of Landscaping Director Robert Erickson. As recommended by pesticide professionals for storm drainage areas where mosquito breeding can occur, "Mosquito Dunks" were utilized in treatments yesterday.

Robert Erickson and our pesticide contractor partner met together to formulate a coordinated attack of both the campus grounds and campus facilities. DBU's pesticide contractor was on-site again Monday, focusing on our main facilities and the underfloor spaces, treating where necessary. The pesticide company is documenting their inspections and treatments for on-going evaluation of strategy success.

DBU's Landscaping Department is fully stocked with insect repellent containing N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET). All of our staff members in Landscaping, Physical Operations, and Construction are utilizing this repellent during their work throughout the day. As areas of the South Dallas region have been confirmed by the City of Dallas for being "positive" for the West Nile Virus, we are taking every precautionary and preventative measure in efforts to reduce the threat of West Nile Virus to the Dallas Baptist campus community.

The University will continue to take proactive measures to reduce the breeding and presence of mosquitos on the DBU campus. Robert Erickson, Jonathan Teat, and I will continue working directly with the University's pest control service provider to make every possible effort for mosquito control and protection against West Nile Virus. As shared with you in my initial communication last Friday, DBU will continue to proceed with the following preventative and control strategies until the threat of the virus has waned:

1) Increased frequency of routine treatments by pest control company in drainage areas and in targeted areas around Bush Pond, East Intramural Field, Patriot Soccer Field, Patriot Baseball Field, O'Guinn Creek, Mike Arnold Fitness Trail, and North Ponds at Williamsburg Village.

2) Daily pest control company and Landscaping Department campus-wide surveys to ensure there is no standing water in drainage, under buildings, and around swampy/pond areas that may proliferate mosquito breeding. As problematic areas are identified, "Mosquito Dunks" with insect growth regulator (IGR) technology or other approved treatment methods will be utilized to prevent or control breeding.

3) Stocking of all bodies of water on campus with Blue Perch fish to aid in the control of mosquitos.

4) On-going communication to on-campus student residents informing residents of recommended preventative action steps to avoid contracting the West Nile Virus.

5) Continual communication with the City of Dallas Mosquito Control Department on DBU's preventative control measures.

6) Immediate reporting to the President's Office (214.333.5130) or me directly (214.333.5122), if anyone experiences symptoms of West Nile Virus.

West Nile Virus Symptoms

Fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, skin rash on body trunk (occasionally), swollen lymph glands.

Individuals with West Nile Virus could also experience severe symptoms such as high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, paralysis and/or coma.

If symptoms are present, please see your health care provider immediately to confirm illness condition and begin treatment.

Please continue to pray for God to protect our Dallas Baptist Family from the threat of this dangerous virus.

Blair Blackburn
Executive Vice President


July 27, 2012

Dear Dallas Baptist Family,

As you likely have read or heard from news reports this week, the Dallas/Ft. Worth area has seen an increasing number of West Nile virus cases.

In strategic efforts to reduce the breeding and presence of mosquitos on the DBU campus, our Physical Plant Operations leadership has been in direct discussions with the University's pest control service provider. Based on these recommendations for mosquito control, we will be moving forward with the following pro-active steps:

1) Increased frequency of routine treatments by pest control company in targeted areas around Bush Pond, East Intramural Field, Patriot Soccer Field, Patriot Baseball Field, O'Guinn Creek, the Mike Arnold Fitness Trail, and North Ponds at Williamsburg Village.

2) Beginning Monday, our pest control company will conduct a campus-wide survey to ensure no standing water in drainage or swampy areas that may lend itself toward mosquito breeding. If any are identified, "Mosquito Dunks" or other approved treatment methods will be utilized to ensure no breeding occurs. "Mosquito Dunks" kill developing mosquitos using insect growth regulator (IGR) technology. These will be placed and replenished as needed.

3) Magnolia Fisheries will also conduct a survey and treat O'Guinn Creek and our campus pond shorelines to ensure no breeding areas exist.

4) Apartment Life staff will be placing flyers on all CVA, WV, and Brownstone units informing residents of recommended preventative action steps to avoid contracting this virus.

We ask that all members of the DBU community inform the President's Office (214.333.5130) or me (214.333.5122), if anyone experiences symptoms of West Nile Virus. After 5:00 p.m. and this weekend, please contact Campus Security at 214.333.5305, and the Dispatcher will forward your information to me for my follow up.

West Nile Virus Symptoms

Fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, skin rash on body trunk (occasionally), swollen lymph glands.

Individuals with West Nile Virus could also experience severe symptoms such as high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, paralysis and/or coma.

If symptoms are present, please see your health care provider immediately to confirm illness condition and begin treatment.

Let's all pray for God's protection from the threat of this dangerous virus among our DBU Family.

Blair Blackburn
Executive Vice President

 
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