Houston, Get Ready for Your West Nile Virus Spraying
Three Houston-area deaths from the mosquito-borne disease have been reported, with the victims all being older than 55.
Dallas County has declared a state of emergency after nine local deaths this summer.
The city of Houston and Harris County have been busy warning residents about what steps to take to protect themselves, and to get out the word on spraying plans.
As of now, the impressively named Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services says it will spray on the northwest side of town Wednesday evening, when the hugely annoying (and now deadly!) critters are outdoing their utmost to bother law-abiding folks.
Officials hope to spray 63,000 acres, weather permitting.
"Harris County is experiencing an increase of West Nile Virus infection in mosquitoes and, most notably, in the dead-bird population," said Dr. Rudy Buena, director of HCPHES mosquito control. "This situation has prompted the need to supplement the ongoing countywide ground treatment with aerial treatment in the designated areas to better protect the health of our residents."
In other words, workers are not just emptying out abandoned tires, boats and other mosquito gathering places, they will bring Death From Above, too.