TAMU Taking Extra Steps To Combat West Nile Virus

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

More than 50 people have died from West Nile Virus this year in Texas, and that statistic has, in part, enticed Texas A&M University to step up their protection to keep faculty and students safe.

Around 6 a.m. Wednesday, pest control crews were out fogging main campus near the Texas A&M Golfcourse, but some employees on campus didn't feel they did it early enough.

"I think they should have started a long time ago. Dallas started having a problem a long time ago, Houston has had a problem. Now it is here,” said Mike Haggerty, an employee at the university.

June was the first time this year that the Brazos County Health Department reported the university had an area with mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus.

The response from the university was mosquito dunking which kills the larvae, but not the existing mosquitoes.

"As the summer drew on, and there are more reports of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes and some people contracting West Nile Virus in Brazos County, we decided it was probably time to take action and begin the ground fogging,” said John Salsman , Director of Environmental Health & Safety at Texas A&M University.

Salsman says main campus near the Texas A&M golf course is the only location fogged because mosquitoes in that area recently tested positive for the West Nile Virus, and that's where a lot of adult mosquitoes live.

If the health department reports mosquitoes test positive in other areas on campus, the university says they will continue to spray.

Bryan and College Station spray and use mosquito dunks in areas where mosquitoes test positive for the West Nile Virus.

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