Mosquito positive for West Nile Virus

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 The Brownsville Health Department is notifying residents of a mosquito that has been tested positive for West Nile Virus in West Brownsville.

The Brownsville Health Department Director Art Rodriguez says they have been working with neighboring communities to make sure surrounding areas are treating for mosquitoes as well.

“Having a mosquito come out positive, we immediately went to the area advised the neighborhood citizens and we started spraying immediately,”  Rodriguez said.

While Cameron County has had no cases of people infected with West Nile Virus. One resident we spoke to says they will remain prepared.

“We’re using the Off product for me and my children,” Jesus Yerena said.

So how did one mosquito get West Nile here in Brownsville?

“What it really means is that one mosquito bit one bird more likely because birds tend to be the primary carriers for West Nile,” Art Rodriguez said.

Now Rodriguez says the health department is on high alert for mosquitoes and has treated the area heavily where the infected mosquito was found.

“We were not only trapping, we were also spraying. So there’s a very high likely hood that during that week we trapped it… Probably killing the batch of mosquitoes that could have bitten a bird or birds that could have been affected with West Nile,” Rodriguez said.

The Brownsville Health Department recommends wearing long sleeves and light colored clothing to avoid getting bit. Bug repellant with a high percentage of Deet will also help repel mosquitoes. If you have been bitten and our noticing signs of fever or aches they recommend calling your doctor immediately.

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