Health District Urges Residents to “Fight the Bite”

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - The recent heavy rains in the Coastal Bend have brought an abundance of mosquito breeding grounds. Mosquitos are well-known to carry diseases such as West Nile, St. Louis Encephalitis, and ZIKA which are mainly spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquito-borne illnesses can be a serious threat for your health and in some cases, it could lead to death.

The Corpus Christi - Nueces County Public Health District is urging residents to “Fight the Bite” and follow precautions to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses. The Health District also encourages residents to assist in reducing mosquito breeding grounds by draining and treating any standing water on their property.

Dr. William Burgin, Jr., Local Health Authority, advises residents to practice mosquito bite prevention. He states, “Basic everyday defences will help prevent mosquito bites. These defences are included in the 5 D’s campaign which will help you and your family.”

The 5 D’s are as follows:

1. DAWN, DAYTIME, DUSK.Avoid mosquitoes during these times, if possible.

2. DRESS in long sleeves and pants, if spending time outside.

3. DEET. Wear EPA approved mosquito repellent.

4. DRAIN standing water around household.

5. DOCTOR, consult physician if you feel sick after being bitten.

For more information. contact the Corpus Christi - Nueces County Public Health District at (361) 826-7204.