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Mosquitoes Take on Greater Concern in Texoma

Mosquitoes Take on Greater Concern in Texoma

 Mosquitoes are taking on a greater concern in Texoma. 

     While we want to make it clear the viruses are not impacting Texoma at this time, there are two viruses they are keeping an eye on along with West Nile. 

    With 40 mosquito species just in our area, experts at the Wichita Falls Wichita County Public Health District study them all. 

     " You have mosquitoes that are out during the day, mosquitoes out during the night, mosquitoes that only rest in the grass mosquitoes that are flying around," said Stephanie Fonville, Sanatarian in Training.

     Fonville said the Southern House Mosquito is responsible for carrying the West Nile Virus. 

     "Those are going to be caused by your nighttime mosquitoes, and that's why we spray at night," Fonville said.

     But there are also daytime mosquitoes stirring up attention, because of their link to two viruses known for causing fever and joint pain.

     "There is a concern that we could possibly see Chikungunya and Dengue in Wichita County, because we do have those Aedes mosquitoes here," Fonville said.

      A big concern because unlike the West Nile Virus, Chikungunya and Dengue is transmitted from human to mosquito to human. 

     "The mosquito can bite a person and infect that person, and then other mosquitos can bite that person who already has it and contract it, and then bite another person, and infect the other person with it too," Fonville said.    

        Which is why the 4D's come into play. 

     Stay in from dusk to dawn, dress in longer pants and long sleeve shirts, use insect repellent that has Deet, and also drain all standing water.

     The Health Department is also looking out for you by spraying at night and setting up traps.

    If you would like them to treat or spray an area of concern you can call the Vector Control Hotline at (940) 761-7890. 
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