Another mosquito found in a trap in Sugar Land has tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to a July 22 news release.
According to the city, the infected mosquito was found last week in a trap located in the 4400 block of Elkins Drive in the Austin Meadows neighborhood. The city previously found an infected mosquito in the New Territory subdivision on July 2.
The city said humans can contract West Nile through a bite from an infected mosquito, which can get the virus from feeding on infected birds. People over 50 years old and those with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if infected with the virus, according to city health authority and health director Joe Anzaldua. Anzaldua, who practices at Oak Bend Medical Center’s Sugar Land facility, added that the city of Sugar Land has a comprehensive monitoring and testing program intended to keep the public safe.
Symptoms of the disease can include a stiff neck, vision problems, body tremors, mental confusion, memory loss and seizures, according to the city. The milder form of the illness is West Nile fever, which can include symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle and bone aches, nausea and drowsiness, the city said.
“If people have symptoms that cause them concern, they should contact their healthcare provider immediately,” Anzaldua said.
The Texas Department of State Health Services also encourages dressing in long sleeves, staying indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and draining any standing water where mosquitoes could breed.
For more information on how to combat mosquito bites and breeding grounds, visit sugarlandtx.gov/fightthebite.