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BROWNSVILLE, Texas (October 27, 2017) – Today, the City of Brownsville Public Health & Wellness Department announces one local mosquito pool sample tested positive for the West Nile virus.
Local mosquito-borne disease surveillance is conducted year-round by the Public Health & Wellness Department’s Vector Control Division. Throughout 2017, mosquito pool specimens have been submitted to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for testing.
“This is the first local mosquito sample to test positive this year for a virus of any kind,” said Public Health & Wellness Director Arturo Rodriguez, MPH, RN, CPM. “Mosquitos are active year-round, even throughout the fall and winter months. With Halloween right around the corner, we remind residents to remain alert and protect themselves against mosquito bites.”
The City of Brownsville wishes all residents a fun and safe Halloween weekend. Parents and children are encouraged to protect themselves from mosquitos while trick-or-treating in the neighborhood by taking the following preventative measures:
For more information on symptoms, diagnoses and treatment for the West Nile virus, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/symptoms/index.html.
To report mosquito concerns or illegal dumping, please call (956) 546-HELP (4357).
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