Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Abilene

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Abilene

By Glenn Bailey, Environmental Health Manager, Community Enhancement Div.

 

 

 

ABILENE, Texas – Mosquitoes trapped in northeast Abilene have tested positive for West Nile virus . The mosquitoes were collected July 9th. The Texas Department of State Health Services Arbovirus Laboratory in Austin notified the City’s Environmental Health Division of the positive test result today. “This test shows that the West Nile virus is circulating in our area,” Environmental Health Manager Glenn Bailey said. “It’s important to take precautions by using mosquito repellent and wearing protective clothing during peak mosquito hours, which are from dusk to dawn.” {{more}} The most effective repellents contain DEET, Picardin or Oil of lemon eucalyptus. Bailey also suggests limiting outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when many mosquitoes are most active. It is also important to eliminate or drain any water that stands for more than three to four days. As part of the ongoing monitoring for WNV, Environmental Health routinely collects mosquitoes from several locations around the city. The mosquitoes are identified and tested for WNV. A spraying regimen in the area around the trapping site has been scheduled to eliminate as many mosquitoes as possible. West Nile virus is most often spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. It is a potentially serious illness which in some cases can lead to chronic disability and death.