Texas A&M spraying to combat West Nile

POSTED: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 3:36pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 21, 2012 - 3:35pm

COLLEGE STATION -- The West Nile Virus has claimed the lives of 59 Texans so far this year.

And while Brazos County hasn't reported any deaths from West Nile, the county is certainly not immune.

Eight human cases have now been confirmed and although the West Nile season is coming to an end soon, we're not out of the woods just yet.

It may be getting cooler out but don't let the weather fool you, mosquitoes are just as active now as they've been all summer.

"I actually set traps last night and there is still quite a bit of mosquito activity still occurring right now and it probably will until the end of September or beginning of October," said Brazos County Health Department environmental health specialist, Dr. Mark Johnsen.

Texas A&M freshman, Kenneth Smith, says he doesn't really worry about it though.

"Out of sight out of mind. I haven't really thought about it."

But the university isn't taking any chances. After more than 10 straight weeks of positive West Nile testing crews fogged A&M's main campus near the golf course early this morning in an attempt to kill the mosquitoes.

Making some wonder if it's safe.

"Of course I don't want it to affect my health," Smith said.

But Dr. Johnsen says people shouldn't be concerned.

"With the chemical itself they're extremely safe for humans, for mammals, for just about anything because they're only putting out a small percentage of chemical per acre."

The university tells us they'll continue to spray the campus if mosquitoes keep testing positive.

Both Bryan and College Station also spray certain areas when needed and have mosquito abatement programs.


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