Ask 2: Can mosquitoes spread COVID-19 ?
As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: Can mosquitoes spread COVID-19? The CDC says there is no evidence at this time that mosquitoes can spread COVID-19. The main way to spread COVID-19 is from person to person through respiratory droplets. In a June study from the World Health Organization, scientists tested mosquitoes for viral transmission and brought back negative results.
Feeling the sting lately? Fort Bend, Harris counties combat spike in mosquito population
HOUSTON – In Fort Bend County, officials have been inundated with almost 2,000 complaints in the last week about mosquitoes and spraying is now underway. “When we open the door -- I get like seven or eight mosquitos in my house at one time,” said Shannen Garrett, who lives in Fort Bend County. Fort Bend County officials in charge of mosquito control in the Road and Bridge Division, said they are seeing a huge spike in mosquito numbers. In the meantime, they want to remind Fort Bend County residents to get rid of any and all standing water. Some good news in Fort Bend County, no mosquitoes have tested positive for any blood-borne illnesses this year.
Ask 2: Are Harris and Fort Bend counties spraying for mosquitoes?
The original question: Are Harris County and Fort Bend County spraying for mosquitoes? The answer: The Harris County Mosquito and Vector Control Division typically only sprays an area if theres evidence that the mosquitoes are carrying a disease, according to Harris County Public Health representative Eduardo Miranda. Heres a look at Harris Countys mosquito-borne disease activity map:To track down the countys disease-causing mosquito activity, download the Harris County Public Health mobile app or visit its website. As for Fort Bend County, a similar process occurs. To view when a Fort Bend street or subdivision was last sprayed, click here.
7/29: Florida officials race to stem spread of Zika; Steve Hartman remembers childhood home with his father
Mosquitoes have apparently picked up the Zika virus and are now spreading it in south Florida; It's been over a year since Steve Hartman helped his dad pack up move out of the family home for good.cbsnews.com
U.S. commits more than $500 million to fighting Zika
With warm weather fast approaching, mosquitoes will be making their return to much of the U.S. soon -- and they'll be bringing the Zika virus with them. The Obama administration committed more than $500 million Wednesday to combating the virus, but experts fear that's not nearly enough. Dr. Jon LaPook has more.cbsnews.com