Well being officers in Texas are on alert for an anticipated surge within the mosquito inhabitants within the wake of devastation left by Hurricane Harvey. Gov. Greg Abbott mentioned Tuesday that mosquito management measures are already being carried out throughout Houston, the place standing water and particles might present ultimate breeding grounds for the bugs.
In Harris County, officers are testing and monitoring an space of 1,800 sq. miles and have already began spraying repellent in some areas. Sandy Kachur, the Harris County Public Well being Division spokeswoman instructed Fox Information that some areas are nonetheless underneath water, stopping officers from establishing mosquito traps.
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Elsewhere in Harris County, specialists are performing “touchdown price checks” to find out what number of mosquitos land on them in a minute, Kachur mentioned. The specialists have recorded 30 or extra insect landings per minute, which is the baseline for the take a look at.
Mosquitoes sometimes discovered within the Houston space can carry West Nile virus, Kachur mentioned. Officers are urging residents to put on insect repellent and to observe the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) pointers to keep away from potential an infection.
Abbott mentioned the Division of Protection can be set to start wide-area spraying, with the hopes of controlling “what we expect will probably be a significant mosquito outbreak.”
Fox Information’ Matt Finn contributed to this report.