Bryan mosquito samples check constructive for West Nile Virus

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BRYAN, TX – The Brazos Health District Mosquito Monitoring Unit has confirmed that mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).

The mosquito trap was located at Bryan’s zip code 77802.

Please remember that the entire Brazos County should be rated positive for WNV.

Brazos County Health District officials have notified the other members of the Vector Surveillance and Control Partnership with the City of Bryan, City of College Station, and Texas A&M University.

“While Brazos County is still focused on living safely with COVID-19, we cannot forget about the West Nile virus. If you continue to enjoy the outdoors, keep the 4 Ds in mind, ”said Zac Rodriguez, environmental health and vectors specialist at BCHD.

All residents of Brazos County are encouraged to use the 4Ds to reduce exposure to mosquitos:

· DEET all day, every day: When outdoors, use insect repellant containing DEET or other EPA registered repellants and always follow the directions on the label.

· Dress: Wear long, loose, light-colored clothing outside.

Drain: Drain or treat all stagnant water in and around your home or work place where mosquitoes could lay eggs.

· All day: day, dusk, and dawn – Limit your time outdoors. Mosquitoes are active at any time of the day or night.

The West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes. Most people who are exposed to the virus don’t get sick, but around 20% develop symptoms such as headache, fever, body aches, joint pain, nausea, and fatigue. In a very small fraction, less than one percent, the virus affects the nervous system and leads to a more severe disease that can lead to neck stiffness, disorientation, tremors, cramps, paralysis, and even death.

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