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Irving is continuing its tradition of educating residents about ways to protect themselves from the West Nile Virus.
For the second year, city officials offer a full week of outreach and education about the West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses during its second Irving Fights the Bite Week, which ends Friday.
During the week, city officials visit Irving parks and recreation centers carrying the message of self-protection.
“We focus all summer and all year on preventing any outbreaks, and we have success in doing so,” Joe Moses, assistant director of Parks and Recreation, said in a news release. “But Fights the Bite Week gives us an additional opportunity to continue educating our residents of all ages about the proactive steps they can take to protect themselves.”
The remaining visits include 1:30 p.m. today at Mustang Recreation Center, 2223 Kinwest Parkway; 10 a.m. Friday at Senter Recreation Center, 901 Senter; and 1 p.m. Friday at Northwest Recreation Center, 2800 Cheyenne.
Additionally, the City of Irving is promoting the message through a number of other means:
–Providing activity sheets and a SWAT team pledge for students to sign that reinforce the Four D’s (Dawn/Dusk, Drain, Dress, DEET)
–Offering free DEET at city recreation facilities as well as Irving’s Heritage Senior Center
–Posting Irving Fights the Bite posters at all Irving city facilities reminding residents of the Four D’s for protection
–Posting warning signs around town with an emergency number residents can call to report stagnant water to city officials
For more information about Irving Fights the Bite week, visit IrvingFightstheBite.org.