Five more Grayson Co. mosquito pools test positive for West Nile

GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas - The Grayson County Health Department announced Wednesday announced five more mosquito pools have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, making a total of 11 for the 2016 surveillance period.

These have been identified as traps set at Gunter City Hall, Tioga City Hall, Southmayd City Hall and two traps set on Elm Street in Whitesboro.

"I'm not surprised," said Elm Street Resident Nancy Nelson. "The mosquitos have just been horrible."

Nelson said the Health Department often puts a trap on her property because mosquitoes are a big problem in her neighborhood.

"I can't walk out to water a flower without eight or 10 of them biting me and that's including being greased up with Off and deet," said Nelson.

Grayson County Health Department Director Amanda Ortez said this year their first positive pool was identified in late June, earlier than normal.

Historically, they don't identify the first positive pool until August.

"We did start early this year, testing the mosquitoes here in Grayson County," said Ortez. "We will continue to do so usually until the second documented freeze that is on record for the year."

Health officials encourage you to use mosquito repellent with deet, drain standing water, wear long sleeves and pants and stay inside at dusk and dawn.

So far no human cases have been reported in Grayson County.

At this time the health department is not testing mosquito pools for the Zika virus. Zika virus is spread primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito, and possibly the Aedes albopictus mosquito.

The mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person already infected with the virus and can then spread the virus to others through bites. Therefore, it is recommend to test symptomatic humans, not mosquito pools, for Zika virus.



 
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