Update Regarding the Activity of West Nile Virus Carrying Mosquitoes

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A new update has been released by the Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department. This update states the fact that a large number of mosquitoes have been found to test positive for the West Nile Virus, also abbreviated as WNV. The update was made on July 29, 2020 and refers to information that was collected as of July 26, 2020.

Results of the Research

The Woodlands Township Mosquito Surveillance Program also mentioned the fact that there is an increase in activity of about 56% in zones 9, respectively 10, regarding the samples of mosquitoes that were found to be positive with the West Nile Virus. This is out of 32 samples that were taken in the two regions. Up to date, no cases of the virus have been reported in the human population in The Woodlands area. Below you can find the results of the samples for each particular region:

  • Alden Bridge – 3
  • Cochran’s Crossing – 7
  • College Park – 4
  • Creekside Park – 2
  • Grogan’s Mill – 3
  • Indian Springs – 2
  • Town Center – 1
  • Panther Creek – 8
  • Sterling Ridge – 2

Protective Measures

Regarding the spread of the West Nile Virus, there are a number of protective measures that are encouraged by The Woodlands Township Mosquito Surveillance Program. These include the indication to wear repellent when located outdoors during times when the West Nile Virus is known to circulate. Wearing repellent is strongly recommended for people over the age of 50, during early morning and evening hours and for people that have underlying health conditions.

Tips and Tricks

The program also mentions the fact that the mosquitoes carrying the virus are a lot more active at dark, dusk and during the early hours of dawn. That is why, if possible, people should change their routine and avoid going out in those hours. The program also tells people that they should drain after rain, meaning that people should empty out the water accumulated in objects such as tires and trash cans.