HOUSTON – Harris County Public Health officials have confirmed the first sample of the West Nile Virus in a mosquito in northwest Harris County Wednesday, officials announced in a press release.
“The WNV mosquito sample was identified in the northwest quadrant of Harris County,” officials wrote. Five days ago, mosquitos in Montgomery County also tested positive for the virus.
The Mosquito and Vector Control Division of Harris County Public Health began treatment to the area where the disease mosquitos were found on Tuesday to reduce the risk of human infection.
“Mosquitos are around throughout the year; however, they are more prevalent during the warmer months, and typically most active from June through October,” officials wrote in a press release. “Out of the 56 species of mosquitoes found in our area, only a handful transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus, Chikungunya, Dengue and Zika.”
How to protect yourself
- Use an EPA-registered insect repellent containing the active ingredient DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol, or 2-undecanone. Always apply as directed on the label
- Do not use insect repellents on babies younger than 2 months old
- Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on children younger than 3 years old
- If possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
How to minimize the threat around your home
- Remove/empty any containers that can hold water such as tires, flowerpots and toys
- Change water in birdbaths and pet water bowls every 3 to 5 days
- Keep rain gutters free of debris
- Make sure screens are in good condition
- Don’t “feed” the storm drains. Sweep up lawn clippings, leaves and tree limbs