The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issued a news release on May 16th regarding the first West Nile illness of the year. An adult woman developed West Nile in late April in Montgomery County. DSHS is requesting that everyone help in the effort to stop mosquito-borne diseases. DSHS recommends the following steps to help stop the spread of Zika and West Nile:
- Use EPA-approved insect repellent every time you go outside.
- Cover exposed skin with long pants and long-sleeved shirts whenever possible.
- Use air conditioning or window and door screens that are in good repair to keep mosquitoes out.
- Limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito times.
- Remove standing water in and around homes, including in trash cans, toys, tires, flower pots and any other containers so mosquitoes can’t lay their eggs.
- Use a larvicide in water that can’t be drained to keep mosquitoes from developing.
Read the full news release here.