Montgomery County West Nile mosquito samples spike

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Health officials recommend reducing mosquitoes around your home by removing any items that hold still water since that's where they lay their eggs.

Pools of mosquito collected from the Fairmont Park, Lafayette Shores, Norfolk Industrial Park and Edgewater areas have all yielded positive results for West Nile virus.

West Nile virus is an infectious disease that was first introduced to the United States in 1999.


During the summer months, MDPH collects routine samples of mosquitoes to monitor for West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Boston officials urged residents to protect themselves from the virus by using insect repellant, wearing long sleeves, and emptying standing water.

Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.


"I'm not sure that it's related to Harvey at this time but I can tell you that the additional moisture that we received just yesterday is certainly gonna create more of a breeding ground for these mosquitoes, so it's gonna be real important that we stay on top of it", Noack said.

"We're trying to look at all types of mosquitoes out there", said Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) regional medical director for South Texas Dr. Emilie Prot. Since 2002, there have been 64 confirmed cases in humans in the county - two of which were fatal.

The virus was identified at a mosquito pool in Jamaica Plain, according to the Boston Public Health Commission.


The best defense people have from EEE or West Nile is to use personal protection measures to guard against mosquito bites. "Just one bite from an infected mosquito could change your future". Twenty-eight positive West Nile samples were in The Woodlands alone. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle ache. "This does not mean the average person is at increased risk of getting West Nile Virus".

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