Mosquitoes Carrying Dengue Fever Concern Officials Near TX Border

Saturday, August 25, 2012 - 11:17am

BROWNSVILLE - As health officials are keeping a close eye on the West Nile Virus

Another potential mosquito threat is lurking right across the border dengue fever.

West Nile is on their minds, but even closer to home, the potential for a dengue fever outbreak. "Mexico has recently seen a rise  in cases both in Reynosa and in close proximity to US, and Matamoros."

Sixteen cases total, and eight of those right across the river in this area to Palm and Mexico BLVD. "Their health officials alerted us to that yesterday." The city Health Department made the decision to act quickly and go ahead and adulticide in that area. Trucks went out last night to spray along the border fence. Earlier in the week, Matamoros Health officials did the same on their side of the river.

"That neighborhood a little over one mile."

Rodriguez says with winds however, mosquitoes could travel beyond the mile radius they usually stay within.

"The Health Department will be back out here to set mosquito traps on Monday. They'll then send that sample to be tested in Austin for dengue fever and other viruses like the west Nile virus."

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