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2017 Community Calendar

The new 2017 Haltom City Community Calendars are now available at City Hall, The Recreation Center…
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May 6, 2017 Election

A General Election has been called to elect Haltom City Council Places 1, 2, 7 and Mayor for a two…
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'17 Images of HC Photo Contest

The 29th annual Images of Haltom City Photo Contest is now accepting entries through Monday,…
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KHCB Business of 4Q - Petworld

Representatives from Keep Haltom City Beautiful and the city of Haltom City joined Mayor Pro-Tem…
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One of the things we hear most often about why people love Haltom City is it’s “small town feel”.…
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Crossroads N'Letter - Dec/Jan

The December 2016/January 2017 Crossroads City Newsletter is available for download.
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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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Haltom City Citizen Survey

Haltom City, in partnership with the University of Texas at Arlington’s Institute of Urban Studies,…
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'16 Decorating Contest Winners

You put up the lights to Keep Haltom City Beautiful and we did the judging….so check out your 2016…
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Veterans Memorial Site Dedication

The City of Haltom City honored our country’s heroes on Veterans Day on November 11, 2016. The…
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2017 Haltom Stampede - Feb 11

Mark your calendars for our 31st Annual Haltom Stampede 5K & Fun Run Celebration on Saturday,…
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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

The Haltom City Fire/Rescue Department reminds you that every bedroom in your house needs a working…
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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…

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

Family Movie Night - Feb 13

finding nemoThe HCPL hosts Family Movie Night on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.. On February 13th the featured movie will be Pixar's "Finding Nemo".

When the defiant Nemo takes off from his dad, Marlin, and gets captured he finds himself stuck in a fishbowl in a dentist’s office. Marlin and his well-meaning but wacky friend, Dory embarks on an epic journey to find his son.

 

 

 

 

Family Movie Night

"Finding Nemo"
Rated G | 101 minutes
Monday, February 13, 2017

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

AARP Tax Assistance

aarp tax aidThe Haltom City Public Library is currently taking appointments for tax preparation assistance. The AARP organization is again volunteering their time and expertise to help prepare your 2016 income taxes. Please call the library at 817-222-7787 to reserve your spot.

Assistance will be provided every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. between February 2 – April 13, 2017.

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Coloring & Cookies for Grown Ups

The January 6, 2017 session has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

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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Super Science Saturday - Feb 4

haltom city library super science saturdaysJoin us at the Haltom City Public Library on the first Saturday of each month from 9 - 10:00 a.m. for Super Science Saturdays, where we explore scientific concepts. There are hands-on activities appropriate for ages 6 – 12. The topic for February 4th is building bridges.

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Parks & Rec News/Events

2017 Haltom Stampede - Feb 11

haltom stampede february 11 2017Mark your calendars for our 31st Annual Haltom Stampede 5K & Fun Run Celebration on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Be a part of one of Tarrant County’s longest running races! Registration is now available online. The Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9:00 a.m.

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New Parks and Recreation Director

haltom city parks recreation director christi pruittChristi Pruitt, just promoted to Di­rector of Parks & Recreation in November 2016, is a familiar face in Haltom City, serving as the Recreation Supervisor for the last 12 years. She joined Haltom City in December of 2004 and re-opened the Recreation Center after renovations, adding top-of-the-line fitness equipment, new classes, community events, and reviv­ing old classes and sports programs. Through the years, Christi has grown the Recreation Center and its pro­grams and has developed many relationships with residents and business owners in the process.

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Veterans Memorial Site Dedication

haltom city veterans dedication november 2016 veteransThe City of Haltom City honored our country’s heroes on Veterans Day on November 11, 2016. The ceremony was held at the North end of Haltom Road Park. City officials, the Veterans Memorial Committee and staff were present to conduct a site dedication for our new Veterans Memorial Structure that will be coming soon to Haltom Road Park.

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Futsal Open Skills Play

futsalThe Haltom City Recreation Center is now offering Futsal skills classes for ages 7 - adult in the large gym at the Recreation Center, located at 4839 Broadway Ave. Get faster, stronger, build endurance and strength during these weekly sessions:

  • Tuesdays from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. for ages 7-13, skills and workout session
  • Thursdays from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. for ages 14 - adults, Futsal open play

The cost is $5 per person per session. For more information call Danny at 817-903-2433.

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