Five Mosquitos Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Corpus Christi Animal Control and Vector Services has received confirmation of five detections of West Nile virus in five different locations. The five mosquitos were from traps in the following neighborhoods:

1200 block of Main Drive

2800 block of Dempsey Street

400 block of Bartlett Street

9000 block of Stock Drive

5900 block of Colorado Drive 

The Mosquito Management Response Plan is being implemented as follows:

  1. The spraying of a 1/2 mile radius around the area of the detection for three consecutive nights beginning tonight.

  2. Police Directed Patrol Officers and Neighborhood Services personnel will be attempting to locate any standing water in the affected neighborhoods 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, when outside wear long sleeve shirts and long pants and use appropriate mosquito repellent with DEET for themselves and their children. Please call (361) 826-2489 to report abandoned property, high grass or standing water.