County asks residents to take action against mosquitoes

Special to the PRESS

Texas is currently experiencing an upsurge of West Nile Virus cases and although there have been no reports of local incidents, the Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services is reminding residents to make a difference in the fight against disease by eliminating mosquito breeding sights often found around homes and businesses, keeping yards mowed, and taking personal precautions to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes.

“The best defense against West Nile is prevention, but eliminating mosquitoes is a joint effort and we need everyone’s help for the health and safety of our community,” stated Cameron County Judge Carlos H. Cascos.

The elderly and those with chronic medical conditions or compromised immune systems are more vulnerable to developing West Nile illness if bitten by an infected mosquito. There is no effective treatment for West Nile Virus illnesses, so it’s important to prevent mosquito bites.

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