First 2024 West Nile Virus Case Detected in Fort Bend County, Prompting Immediate Response and Safety Measures
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First 2024 West Nile Virus Case Detected in Fort Bend County, Prompting Immediate Response and Safety Measures

June 04 2024

The Environmental Health Division of Fort Bend County Health and Human Services (FBCHHS) announced today the first detection of West Nile Virus (WNV) in the county for the year 2024. This discovery was made within the parameters of the 77498 zip code area.

In response to the detection, FBCHHS has embarked on an activation of evening spray operations, which is part of mosquito surveillance and mitigation activities now being implemented. The operations are set to commence on the evening of June 4, 2024, at sunset. They are scheduled to continue for three consecutive nights, dependent on weather conditions. The area will also be subject to continuous surveillance until there are no further confirmed instances of the WNV mosquito.

According to FBCHHS, West Nile Virus typically doesn't produce any symptoms in the majority (around 80%) of those infected. However, for the 20% that do present symptoms, these can vary from headaches, nausea, fever and fatigue to muscle and joint aches. Anyone suspecting they or a family member might have contracted West Nile virus should immediately contact their healthcare provider.

As part of public health advisory, FBCHHS is also promoting the '4-Ds’ of mosquito safety to prevent against WNV. This includes being especially cautious during dusk and dawn when mosquito activity is heightened, draining out any stagnant water to deter mosquito breeding, dressing in long sleeves and pants to reduce skin exposure, and defending against mosquito bites by using an EPA-approved insect repellent.

This first identification of WNV this year in Fort Bend County serves as a timely reminder for everyone to remain vigilant about mosquito safety and to follow the recommended prevention measures.

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 
Tiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.

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