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Bryan mosquito samples test positive for West Nile Virus

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Posted at 2:12 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 15:12:16-04

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

The mosquito trap was located in the 77802 zip code of Bryan.

Please keep in mind that all of Brazos County should be considered positive for WNV.

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.

“Right now, even though Brazos County is still concentrating on how to live safely with COVID-19, we cannot forget about West Nile Virus. As you continue to enjoy the outdoors, remember the 4 D’s,” said Zac Rodriguez, Environmental Health and Vector Specialist for BCHD.

All Brazos County residents are urged to use the 4D’s to reduce exposure to mosquitoes:

· DEET All day, Every Day: Whenever outside, use insect repellents that have the active ingredient DEET or other EPA-registered repellents and always follow label instructions.

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

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

· All Day long: Day, Dusk, and Dawn – 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.