West Nile Virus found in Sugar Land mosquito samples

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Friday, August 10, 2018
Sugar Land mosquito samples test positive for West Nile virus
Officials in Sugar Land say residents should protect themselves from mosquito bites after West Nile virus was confirmed in the city.

SUGAR LAND, Texas (KTRK) -- Officials are warning residents to take precautions after more mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile virus in Sugar Land.

Last week, we told you mosquito samples caught in a trap in the New Territory subdivision tested positive for the virus.

Authorities said Friday that West Nile virus has also been confirmed along University Boulevard near the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, in the Telfair subdivision.

Mosquito spraying is being increased to to twice a week in the affected areas.

Residents should take immediate precautions to protect themselves from West Nile virus by using insect repellent, wearing long-sleeve shirts and eliminating standing water around the home.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus can include:

  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Neck stiffness
  • Tremors
  • Convulsions
  • Muscle weakness
  • Vision loss and
  • Numbness

People with certain medical conditions and the elderly are more at risk.

Recovery may take several weeks or months.