One Upper Valley City Stays On Top of West Nile


POSTED: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 3:52pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 7:10am

In Texas there have been more than 700 cases of West Nile and now, local health officials are equally concerned about a similar virus.

The symptoms of West Nile and Dengue Fever are the same making it hard to tell which virus has been contracted.

Besides the potential West Nile case in Starr County, which is currently in the testing phase...there have been no confirmed cases.

The city of McAllen and the Texas A&M Health Science Center are collaborating on a mosquito project that will hopefully bring grad students into the lab to help with testing.

Next month mosquito born illnesses tend to peak because that's when we see the most rainfall. Right now, officials believe preparation is key.

Get rid of water that has been sitting for more than three days because even an inch could be breeding grounds for mosquitos.

The city did spray adulticide two weeks ago and will continue to monitor the mosquito population to take necessary action in the future.

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