Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus illness in Harris County and in the state of Texas of the 2015 season.
West Nile Virus was confirmed in an elderly patient from northwest Harris County.
Doctors say, the man is expected to recover.
The Virus is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Residents are advised to use insect repellent and wear protective clothing to prevent bites.
The CDC states while there are no medications to prevent West Nile Virus infection and most people infected will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms, and less than one percent of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.
Due to the recent confirmed West Nile case in a Harris County resident and the recent rainfall totals, Precinct 3 will begin spraying areas that tested positive for disease carrying mosquitoes in the recent years. This is a precautionary measure to help reduce any threat of West Nile or other diseases carried by mosquitoes. By treating these restricted areas, we will still be able to maintain an effective treatment protocol without reducing the ability of mosquitoes becoming resistant to our pesticide.
There have not been any confirmed cases of West Nile in humans or mosquitoes this year in Montgomery County and our Mosquito Abatement team has already started trapping throughout South County. The map below is the first targeted area to be sprayed with others to follow.
The spraying for these targeted areas started on May 28th and will continue through the weekend.
We ask all of the residents to remember to think WET
Eliminate Standing Water
Treat water that cannot be eliminated
For questions or concerns, please contact the Montgomery County Precinct 3 office at 281-367-3977