West Nile Virus In West U

August 11, 2014

Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus have been detected in the city of West University Place, according to the Harris County Mosquito Control Division.

The city recently stepped up mosquito spraying, due to increased activity. Currently, the city continues to spray city-wide every Monday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Due to the vast area covered within Harris County, it is difficult to pinpoint an exact time and day when the county will schedule sprayings. Harris County typically sprays between the hours of 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m., but can be subject to change depending on conditions and resource availability.

Residents may contact the county’s mosquito division office and request to be notified when spraying will be occurring within your street or block. A request can also be placed to refuse spraying altogether. This applies to county spraying services only.

Harris County announced late last week that it would begin aerial spraying.

“Because of the increased number of disease-infected mosquitoes detected by our surveillance efforts, this aerial spray operation will help us better protect the health

of our community,” said Dr. Mustapha Debboun, director of the Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services Mosquito Control Division.

In partnership with Dynamic Aviation, the aerial spray operation will be conducted by Clarke, who has a long history of providing environmentally responsible mosquito control services to help prevent mosquito-borne disease.

The insecticide, Dibrom, (EPA approved), will be used for the aerial spray operation. Dibrom is

considered safe for the environment and is applied according to the label instructions.

Contact Harris County Mosquito Control Division at the following number(s) for further information:(713) 439-6000, or (713) 440-3080 .

More information about Harris County’s Mosquito control services, including maps of affected areas and updates  of location spraying, can be found at www.hcphes.org.

West Nile virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, may not cause any signs or symptoms, but some people experience a fever or mild headache.

However, some people who are infected with the West Nile virus can develop a life-threatening illness that can cause inflammation of the brain. Mild symptoms of the virus usually go away on their own. But severe symptoms, such as a severe headache, high fever, disorientation or sudden weakness, require immediate medical attention.

Exposure to mosquitoes where West Nile virus has been detected can increase the risk of infection. Residents should protect themselves with mosquito repellent and protective clothing.