City Leaders Working To Prevent The Spread Of West Nile 08/16/12
CBS 7 News
August 16, 2012
WEST TEXAS - The Ector County Health Department confirms that one person has tested positive for West Nile Virus in the county. This case is added to the list of 3 confirmed cases being treated at Medical Center Hospital from Andrews county. The count is now at 4 confirmed cases of West Nile in west Texas, city leaders say they are working to prevent the virus from spreading.
More mosquito's means more risk of West Nile Virus. Which is why crews from Midland and Odessa are out trying to reduce the threat.
"Where ever there's standing water or ponds, we can go to those areas and larvicide and neighborhoods seeing an increase in mosquito population," said Persephone Dakopolos, Public Information Officer, City of Midland.
Crews have been out spraying and fogging areas of concern but city leaders say they need some help from residents to identify those areas.
"They fog and spray on a per complaint basis, if citizens have concerns about mosquitos in their area they'll go out and fog," said Gino Solla, Ector County Health Department.
But officials say the drought has kept the moisture down helping keep the mosquito population down as well. Despite recent rainfall, city officials say they are not concerned.
"It takes seven days for mosquitos to breed so any rain that we get is not going to be standing that long so it's not a concern," said Dakopolos.