First West Nile Virus mosquito sample of the year logged in northwest Harris County

First West Nile mosquito sample of the year
First West Nile mosquito sample of the year

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – The first mosquito sample with the West Nile Virus has been discovered in Northwest Harris County.

“Our Mosquito and Vector Control Division has more than 50 years of experience serving Harris County and protecting residents from mosquito-borne diseases,” said Chris Fredregill, Director of MCVD. “When mosquito samples are confirmed positive for mosquito-borne disease, our team moves quickly to address and treat the area of concern. We encourage residents to take precautions this mosquito season and reach out to us if they have questions, concerns or are in need expert advice.”

As we head into the summer months, Harris County Public Health officials say it’s important to remove any standing water around your home.

People who live in the Willowbrook area say the pesky insects are already causing problems.

“Mosquito’s are annoying because right when you step out of your house they are already biting you,” Megan Sheffield said.

Moses Rodriguez and Megan Sheffield live in Willowbrook and say mosquito’s are a nuisance.

“You can be outside for five minutes and you get bit a hundreds times. It’s really awful,” Rodriguez said.

Only a handful of the 56 species of mosquitoes found in Harris County transmit diseases such as the West Nile Virus, Saint Louis Encephalitis, Chikungunya, Dengue and Zika, according to Harris County health officials. Mosquitoes are present in the county throughout the year but activity peaks during warmer weather, namely between June and October.

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