Fort Bend County reports first positive West Nile virus mosquito sample for the year

The positive sample was collected from a mosquito trapping site inside the 77498 ZIP code.

SUGAR LAND, Texas — A positive West Nile virus mosquito sample has been collected in Fort Bend County, public health officials announced Tuesday.

Fort Bend County Health and Human Services (FBCHHS) Environmental Health Division’s Mosquito and Vector Control Program said the positive West Nile virus sample was collected from a mosquito trapping site inside the 77498 ZIP code, an area bordered by FM 1464, Highway 90, Eldridge Road and Bissonnet Street.

In response, officials said evening spray operations will begin at dusk on June 4 and continue for three consecutive nights where the sample was found and in surrounding areas until there is no confirmed positive sample.

“After the recent rains and warmer first months of the year, we are seeing an increase in mosquito populations. We remind our residents to enjoy the outdoors but remember to protect themselves and their families from diseases transmitted by mosquitoes,” FBCHHS Director Dr. Gale-Lowe said.

Most people who are infected with West Nile virus show no or only mild symptoms such as low-grade fever and headache.

More severe signs and symptoms can include high fever, stiff neck, disorientation, encephalitis, and, rarely, death.

If you think you have been infected, you are urged to contact your healthcare provider.

Here are some tips from Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Environmental Health Division’s Mosquito and Vector Control Program.

The best way to “Fight the Bite,” is by following the 4-Ds of mosquito safety: 

  • Dusk and Dawn Mosquito activity is heightened during these periods. Take the proper precautions of the other D’s when out and about. 
  • Drain Flower pots, pet dishes, blocked gutters, or any containers that may hold standing water to prevent mosquito breeding grounds. Treat any water that cannot be drained. 
  • Dress In long sleeves and pants when outdoors to minimize exposed skin. 
  • Defend By using an EPA-approved insect repellent to protect yourself from mosquito bites

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