18 Pools of West Nile Virus Infected Mosquitoes Found in Harris County

It’s National Mosquito Awareness Week – Protect Yourself From Mosquito Bites!

Houston, TX (June 26, 2018) – During National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, June 24 – 30, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) wants to remind individuals to protect themselves from mosquito borne-illnesses. Though still early in the peak of mosquito season, mosquitos infected with West Nile Virus (WNV) have already been found in 18 locations throughout the City of Houston and unincorporated Harris County.

While most people infected with WNV don’t even know it, about 1 in 5 people infected develop symptoms. Approximately 1 out of 150 infected people, particularly the elderly, can develop serious and even fatal neurological diseases like encephalitis or meningitis.

The Harris County Public Health (HCPH) Mosquito & Vector Control Division (MVCD) tests mosquitoes for diseases they can transmit to people, such as West Nile Virus, Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue.  Although currently, Harris County Public Health MVCD has not detected the presence of Zika, Dengue or Chikungunya in the local mosquito population. Disease carrying mosquitoes bite day and night and can breed in your home, patio, yard or business property.

“National Mosquito Awareness Week is a good reminder that we cannot let our guard down from mosquito-borne illnesses.  We need our residents to help prevent mosquitos from breeding in and around their homes by dumping all containers that have standing water every 3-5 days and to protect themselves by applying an EPA registered insect repellant.” said Dr. Umair A. Shah, Executive Director of Harris County Public Health.

As we move into the summer months, enjoy the outdoors but remember to protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne disease.  Your best defense against being bitten is simply to be prepared, please find attached additional information.  “Prevent the Bite Day and Night.”