Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Sugar Land
Sugar Land, TX – The city of Sugar Land has confirmed the presence of West Nile virus at a mosquito trap located near the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land in the Telfair subdivision.
The mosquitoes were trapped earlier this week, and Sugar Land was notified today that at least one tested positive for West Nile.
The city will increase mosquito spraying to twice per week citywide and will continue working closely with the Texas Department of State Health Services to trap and test mosquitos for the presence of the West Nile virus. The traps supplement the city’s larvicide and mosquito spraying operations.
Humans can contract West Nile virus from a mosquito bite. Infected mosquitoes get the virus from feeding on infected birds. The virus can cause serious illness or death.
The Texas Department of State Health Services recommends practicing the “Four Ds” as precautionary measures:
- Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- Dress in long sleeves and long pants when you are outside.
- Stay indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- Drain standing water where mosquitoes breed. Common breeding sites include old tires, flowerpots and clogged rain gutters.
Read more at the Sugar Land Texas Gov. Website – Link