Currently there are few spraying programs being done by area governments. Travis County is doing some isolated spraying in areas where they find infected mosquitoes. The City of Austin does not allow mosquito spraying in their limits unless directed by the health authority. Please note that insecticide stays in the environment a short time, kills only adult mosquitoes it comes into contact with and does not kill larvae. Central Texas officials are concentrating on eliminating mosquito breeding areas and informing the public about preventing infection.
Residents are urged to take immediate action to eliminate standing water, clear debris from low areas and keep swimming pools treated and circulating to avoid mosquito infestation. Residents should avoid going out at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active, wear long pants and long sleeved shirts, and should use an insect repellant that contains DEET.
Here is a local news article with additional information:
The health department reports the symptoms of West Nile Virus include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These symptoms may last from a few days to several weeks and neurological effects may be permanent.
If you have a mosquito problem, you are asked to call 512-978-0370. You can also call 311.
Please help spread the word, and be prepared to help neighbors take precautions against the virus.
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