West Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States. It is most commonly spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. Cases of WNV occur during mosquito season, which starts in the summer and continues through fall. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV in people. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV do not feel sick. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. About 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness. You can reduce your risk of WNV by using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants to prevent mosquito bites.
Prevention Opportunities for Glenn Heights Residents
The City of Glenn Heights has acquired a supply of mosquito dunks larvae control tablets to stop mosquitos from breeding in standing water. The tablet can simply be dropped into standing water, and as it slowly dissolves, it will release a bacterium that is toxic to all species of mosquito larvae and harmless to other living things.