BRAZOS COUNTY, Texas — The Brazos County Health District Mosquito Surveillance Unit has confirmed its second positive sample of West Nile Virus through mosquito sampling in the county.
The positive mosquito case was located in the College Station zip code of 77845. The first sample was found earlier this year.
Brazos County Health District officials have notified both cities of Bryan and College Station, as well as Texas A&M University.
Brazos County residents of all zip codes are urged to use the "4 D's" to reduce exposure to mosquitoes:
- DEET All day, Every Day: Whenever outside, use insect repellents that have the active ingredient DEET or other EPA-registered repellents and always follow label instructions
- Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.
- Drain: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace where mosquitoes could lay eggs
- All Day long: Day, Dusk, and Dawn – Limit your time outdoors, mosquitoes are active any time day or night
West Nile Virus is transmitted through the bite of mosquitos infected with the disease. Most exposed persons do not get sick but about 20% develop symptoms like headache, fever, body aches, fatigue and more. In the last 10 years, Texas has reported more than 3,300 cases of West Nile including 172 deaths.