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Brazos County Health District confirms mosquito samples test positive for West Nile Virus

Posted at 8:47 AM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 09:47:05-04

BRYAN, TX — The Brazos County Health District Mosquito Surveillance Unit has confirmed mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The mosquito trap was located in the 77802 zip code of Bryan. This is the second consecutive week that mosquito samples have tested positive in Brazos County.

Brazos County Health District officials have notified the other members of the Vector Surveillance and Control Partnership members with the City of Bryan, City of College Station, and Texas A&M University.

All Brazos County residents are urged to use these tips to reduce exposure to mosquitoes:

· Use insect repellents that have the active ingredient DEET or other EPA-registered repellents and always follow label instructions.

· Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.

· Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace where mosquitoes could lay eggs.

· Limit your time outdoors, mosquitoes are active any time day or night.

West Nile Virus is transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes. Most people exposed to the virus do not get sick, but about 20% develop symptoms like headache, fever, body aches, joint pains, nausea, and fatigue.

In a very small portion, less than one percent, the virus affects the nervous system, leading to a more serious illness that can cause neck stiffness, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis, and even death.

There are no medications to treat, or vaccines to prevent West Nile virus infection. In the last 10 years, Texas has reported more than 3,300 cases of West Nile disease, including 172 deaths according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

For more information, visit our website at www.brazoshealth.org.