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Positive WNV Sample - Sept 16

Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has once again confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus (WNV)…
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6Stones CPR Fall Blitz

Haltom City is a proud partner with 6Stones Community Powered Revitalization Program (CPR). The…
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Are You Registered to Vote?

The General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Early voting will take place…
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Health Fiesta - Oct. 1

You are invited to Bethesda Community Church's “Health Fiesta”, a free family event offering…
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KHCB Honored by Keep Texas Beautiful

The 49th annual Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) Conference was held in Sugarland, Texas during the month…
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Smoking Ordinance Amended

Effective June 13, 2016, the Haltom City Council approved the amended Smoking Ordinance No.…
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Clothes Connection & Supply Depot

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New Textile Recycling Service

The City of Haltom City is now offering an exciting new service which will allow residents to…

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CERT Classes Start Sept 12

Haltom City Fire/Rescue will be holding CERT training classes on Mondays and Thursdays from…
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HCFD Adult Ops/Safety Classes - Sept. 6

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Trinity Trash Bash - Oct 1

Do you want to Keep Haltom City Beautiful...of course you do! The Trinity Trash Bash, part of Keep…
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Futsal League Now Registering

The Haltom Recreation Center has a new, exciting opportunity for middle and high school…
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Fund the Fabulous Five

Every month, for less than a cup of coffee, you can help fund special projects throughout Haltom…
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Test Your Smoke Alarms

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Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County

Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County just recently opened a new facility here in Haltom City, located…
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Street Address Visibility

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FAQs on West Nile Virus

What is West Nile virus?

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can infect humans, birds, horses and other mammals. In most humans, West Nile virus infection causes a mild or moderate, short-lived flu-like illness, or causes no symptoms at all. However in some cases, particularly among persons 50 years of age and older, it can cause serious neurological diseases such as encephalitis, meningitis, or paralysis. West Nile virus first appeared in North America in New York City in 1999. Since then, the virus has spread across the continental United States. Visit www.cdc.gov for more information on West Nile virus nationally.

How is West Nile virus spread?

  • Infected Mosquitoes. Most often, WNV is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread WNV to humans and other animals when they bite.
  • Transfusions, Transplants, and Mother-to-Child. In a very small number of cases, WNV also has been spread through blood transfusions, organ transplants, breastfeeding and even during pregnancy from mother to baby.
  • Not through touching. WNV is not spread through casual contact such as touching or kissing a person with the virus.

What can be done to prevent West Nile Virus?



Prevention is the best defense against West Nile Virus. Haltom City residents are reminded to enjoy the outdoors, and remember the Four D’s:

  • Dusk and Dawn are the times of day you should try to stay indoors. This is when infected mosquitoes are most active.
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants when you’re outside. For extra protection, you may want to spray thin clothing with repellent.
  • DEET is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent. Follow label instructions, and always wear repellent when outdoors.
  • Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood where mosquitoes can breed. This includes old tires, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, etc. Mosquitoes may develop in any water stagnant for more than three or four days.

What are the symptoms of West Nile virus?


Most people who are infected with West Nile virus either have no symptoms (80%) or experience a mild or moderate illness with symptoms such as fever, headache, fatigue, or body aches before fully recovering. It is estimated that 20% of people who become infected with WNV will develop West Nile Fever. Of these, 1/150 persons may develop the more serious neuroinvasive West Nile.
Some persons may also develop a rash or swollen lymph glands. In some individuals, particularly persons 50 years of age and older, West Nile virus can cause serious disease that affects the brain and spinal tissue. Severe illness may include encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord), or acute flaccid paralysis (a polio-like syndrome in which muscles become very weak or paralyzed). Symptoms of more severe disease may include headache, high fever, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, confusion, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and/or paralysis. At its most serious, West Nile virus can cause permanent neurological damage and death. Among those people who need to be hospitalized for West Nile virus, 10-15% die of their illness. People who do develop symptoms normally become ill 3-15 days following the bite of an infected mosquito.

How is West Nile Virus treated?



There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus. Most people who become infected will get better on their own. In more severe cases, intensive supportive therapy is indicated, i.e., hospitalization, intravenous (IV) fluids and nutrition, airway management, ventilator support if needed, prevention of secondary infections and proper nursing care.



Who is most at risk for getting severe West Nile virus disease from being bitten by an infected mosquito?

  • People over 50 at higher risk to get severe illness. People over the age of 50 are more likely to develop serious symptoms of WNV if they do get sick and should take special care to avoid mosquito bites.
  • Being outside means you're at risk. The more time you're outdoors, the more time you could be bitten by an infected mosquito. Pay attention to avoiding mosquito bites if you spend a lot of time outside, either working or playing.
  • Immunocompromised persons, such as persons who have received organ transplants.

How long does it take to get sick if bitten by an infected mosquito?

Most people who are infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms or experience only mild illness. If illness does occur, symptoms generally appear between 3 to 15 days of being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Can you get West Nile virus directly from birds?

There is no evidence that a person can get the virus from handling live or dead infected birds. However, persons should avoid bare-handed contact when handling any dead animals and use gloves or double plastic bags to place the carcass in a garbage can.



What is being done to protect residents against West Nile Virus?

The City of Haltom City relies upon surveillance, both by residents and City crews, to identify and eliminate any standing water which could serve as a breeding place for mosquitoes and larvae. Typically larvae will thrive in still, shallow water less than 15 inches deep. Bird baths, pet bowls, wading pools, tire swings or any similar receptacle with standing water can serve as a breeding place for mosquitoes.

Download PDF file detailing the West Nile Virus and what Tarrant County and Haltom City are doing to monitor and educate people about it.

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Library News/Events

"Art in City" Display at HCPL

haltom city library paint exhibit sun coxOn exhibit at the Haltom City Public Library are art works from wood turner Linda Presley and painter Sun Cox. These works are sponsored by the Haltom City Art in the City Committee.

The HCPL is located at 4809 Haltom Rd.

Friends of HCPL Breakfast Fundraiser - Oct 15

haltom city public library logoThe Friends of the Haltom City Public Library will be celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week (NFLW) early this year. The official kick off for NFLW in Haltom City is Saturday, October 15th from 8 – 10:00 a.m. at Applebee’s Grill & Bar, located at 6645 NE Loop 820 in North Richland Hills.

Join the Friends and your friends for a scrumptious breakfast which will include pancakes, sausage, potatoes, coffee, tea, orange juice and soft drinks.. Tickets are $10.00 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the Library (cash, check or credit card) or from one of the Friends’ members (cash only) by calling Terri at 817-798-8734.

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HCPL's Hooowling Halloween - Oct 27

haltom city library halloweenMark your calendars for Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., as ghosts and goblins will be out that night at the Haltom City Library's annual Hooowling Halloween. There will be not-so-scary stories and a craft along with trick or treating. Kids are of course encouraged to come in costume...moms and dads too!

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Coloring & Cookies for Grown Ups

haltom city libraryThe first Friday evening of each month come to the Haltom City Public Library's after-hours "Coloring & Cookies for Grown Ups" coloring party from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own coloring accouterments. Relieve stress and have fun at the same time. Adults only, please.

For more information call the Library at 817-222-7786.

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Parks & Rec News/Events

Futsal League Now Registering

futsalThe Haltom Recreation Center has a new, exciting opportunity for middle and high school kids...Futsal has landed! Futsal is a modified version of soccer that is played indoors. Registration for the first-ever league is going on now. Cost is $55 per player. Games will be played on Tuesdays & Thursdays between 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Games are 50 minutes and there are a guaranteed 8-games per team. Leagues are available for both middle and high school students.

A free demo will be held in the basketball gym on the evening of Thursday, September 22nd. Registration ends September 29th and the season begins October 4th.

For more information, call the Recreation Center at 817-831-6464.

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Fall Youth Soccer Now Registering

hc parks rec logoHaltom City Parks & Recreation is offering soccer for boys and girls, ages 3-10 this fall. Games will be played here in Haltom City.

  • ages 3-6 - $45/player
  • 8 & under - $85/player
  • 10 & under - $95/player

Coaches and officials are needed. Registration deadline is August 20, 2016 and the season will start in September. You may register online here or in person at the Recreation Center, located at 4839 Broadway Ave.

Adult Fall Softball Now Registering

asa softball haltom city parks recreationRegistration for the Haltom City Parks & Recreation Adult Fall Softball League is now under way. Cost is $300 per team or register by August 13, 2016 and save $20. Co-ed league will play on Thursday nights & the men’s league will play on Friday nights. All games are played at North Park.

Register online here or in person at the Haltom City Recreation Center, located at 4839 Broadway Ave.

Spraygrounds Now Open

haltom city broadway park spraygroundThe Spraygrounds at Broadway Park and Whites Branch Park are back in action for the season, beginning Friday, May 27th. Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days a week. Hours will be subject to change due to water restrictions, weather, or unforeseen repairs. The spraygrounds will close for the season Labor Day weekend. Shelters at these parks will not be available to rent during this time. In order to keep our spraygrounds safe and enjoyable for everyone, please follow a few simple rules:

  • Please monitor your children for safety
  • Appropriate clothing is required
  • No water balloons, glass containers, bicycles, skates, or skateboards allowed on the sprayground
  • Please do not put anything into the spouts or fixtures or block the drains. This causes damage that will require closing the sprayground

Please do your part to help keep our parks clean and pick up after yourself. We hope you enjoy this refreshing summer activity!

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