Sugar land mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus, the city says

SUGAR LAND, Texas (KTRK) – Sugar Land officials confirmed that a case of West Nile virus was found in a city mosquito trap earlier this week.

The mosquitoes were caught on University Boulevard in Telfair during the week.

According to the city administration, experts will start spraying areas in the city twice a week. The crews, in collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services, will continue to capture and test the virus.

Sugar Land Medical Director and Health Authority Dr. Joe Anzaldua, urges residents to use insect repellent when they are outside.

“Local residents should use insect repellant when they are outdoors and avoid going outside at dusk and dawn when the mosquitoes are most active,” Anzaldua said.

There are no drugs or vaccines to treat or prevent West Nile virus infection. The city said symptoms of the virus could include a stiff neck, vision problems, body tremors, mental confusion, memory loss, and seizures. Officials said symptoms of the milder form of the disease known as West Nile fever could include fever, headache, muscle and bone pain, nausea and drowsiness.

The city said up to 80% of people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms and will recover on their own.

In the meantime, the Texas Department of State Health Services recommends practicing the “Four Ds”:

  • Use insect repellants with DEET, picaridin, or lemon eucalyptus oil
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants when you are outside
  • Stay indoors at dusk and at dawn, when mosquitoes are most active
  • Drain standing water where mosquitoes breed. Common breeding grounds are old tires, flower pots and clogged rain gutters.

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