West Nile Virus Detected in Two Mosquitos

The Corpus Christi Animal Control and Vector Services received confirmation of West Nile virus in a mosquito in the 5800 block of Woodhaven Drive and the in the 9000 of Stock Drive, from traps  submitted September 7, 2016. A total of two detections.

Vector Services has implemented the Mosquito Management Response Plan to both areas. The response entails the following:

  1. The spraying of a 1/2 mile radius around the area of the detection for three consecutive nights, weather permitting.
  2. Police Directed Patrol Officers and Neighborhood Services personnel will be attempting to locate any standing water in the affected neighborhood including examining abandoned properties.
  3. Vector Services will conduct continuing surveillance of mosquito traps in the immediate area for signs of the Culex species of mosquito responsible for West Nile virus.

The need to spray a larger area is not necessary based on the entomology of the Culex species mosquito and the normal travel distance of this mosquito. Vector Control will be conducting the aerial spray in the evening, and at dusk, since that is the time the Culex is most active. Residents are reminded to check their property for standing water, avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn, wear long sleeve shirts and long pants and use appropriate mosquito repellent with DEET. Call (361) 826-2489 to report abandoned property, high grass or standing water.