Bryan Beginning New Effort to Combat West Nile Virus

The City of Bryan is about to start ground fogging operations to kill mosquitoes in certain high-risk areas.

This comes in the wake of three human cases of West Nile in Brazos County this year and 34 deaths across the state.

Perry Monroe spends a lot of time outside walking his dogs at Sue Haswell Park not knowing some mosquitoes are carrying West Nile virus.

"I'll be more cautious probably get me a thing of bug spray to carry around with me especially for my kids when I bring them down here," said Monroe of Bryan.

The City of Bryan has ordered hundreds of mosquito-killing discs to give out to homeowners associations and residents.

College Station also has them for sale at a reduced rate.

If you can't get them through the cities, mosquito dunks cost between $10 and $20 and can be found at home improvement stores. They also last 30 days each.

Cody Cravatt is the Bryan Operations Manager for Environmental Services where three fogging machines are being put to use in the next few days.

"We will go out and treat city property in that area focusing mainly on storm drains and areas of prime habitat for mosquitoes," said Cravatt.

52 pools have tested positive in Brazos County. Aerial spraying could happen in a worst case scenario.

"If we saw multiple, multiple human cases a lot of the neuro-evasive form of the disease and of course fatalities. God forbid that," said Mark Johnsen, Ph.D., Environmental Specialist for the Brazos County Health Department.

"That's something serious especially when you've got kids so I'll definitely look into that," added Perry Monroe.

While the city's plan will help, the best advice is wearing bug spray with Deet if you are going to be outside.

In Brazos County, Sue Haswell Park in Bryan, The Texas A&M Golf Course, and Glade Street in College Station are three areas where the virus has been found frequently.

While West Nile can be deadly that's very rare.

Acorrding to the Brazos County Health Department
80 percent of people infected don't show symptoms while
20 percent develop West Nile fever or flu.
Only 1 percent of cases become neurological while .1 of cases usually are fatal.

For more information on mosquito abatement in Bryan call (979) 209-5900.

In College Station you can call (979) 764-6262.

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