Fort Bend County Health & Human Services Reminds Residents of the Threat of West Nile Virus

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services and the City of Sugar land have previously reported mosquito samples positive for West Nile Virus and the county is currently investigating reports of human infection with the virus.

Mosquito activity is currently at its highest peak due to rainy weather. Mosquitoes are known to spread many diseases such as West Nile Virus, Zika, and Chikungunya. To reduce the possibility of a bite from a disease carrying mosquito, residents should practice the 4D’s:

  • DUSK/DAWN are the times of day you should try to stay indoors. This is when infected mosquitoes are most active.
  • DRESS in long sleeves and pants when you are outside. For extra protection, you may want to spray thin clothing with repellent.
  • DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent. Follow label instructions, and always wear repellent when outdoors. Reapply as you would with sunscreen, after sweating and swimming.
  • DRAIN standing water in your backyard and neighborhood – old tires, flowerpots, and clogged rain gutters. These are mosquito-breeding sites.

“All residents, regardless of their location, should protect themselves and their families against mosquito bites. Mosquitoes carry many diseases that can cause serious illnesses,” said Dr. desVignes-Kendrick, Local Health Authority and Director of Health & Human Services.

West Nile Virus can cause a potentially serious illness that spreads when infected mosquitoes bite humans and other animals. Symptoms include high fever, headaches, neck stiffness, nausea, and vomiting. It is important to note that 80% of people infected with WNV will show no symptoms at all, and only 1 in 150 people infected with WNV will develop severe symptoms. Severe symptoms include fever, and may include unusually intense headaches or confusion. If these symptoms develop, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms will appear 3-14 days after an infected mosquito has bitten a person. Anyone who experiences these symptoms should contact their provider.

Fort Bend County Road and Bridge will continue to monitor mosquito samples for the presence of mosquito-borne diseases and provide control methods when they are found.

For more information, visit http://www.fbchealth.org/west-nile-virus/