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Montgomery County reports rise in West Nile virus from mosquitoes

Precinct 3 is conducting overnight missions to treat most areas for the virus.
Credit: Montgomery County Precinct 3

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas — Montgomery County Precinct 3 reported an increase in West Nile virus activity. On Monday, the precinct's mosquito abatement team found 50 positive mosquito samples. This is a big difference from the two positive samples they had by this time last year.

There were also 33 operational zones that tested positive this year.

The abatement team is working to control the disease in the county. They have done 45 spray missions so far to treat multiple areas for West Nile virus. For each mission, the team treated up to four zones. 

If you want to know if and when they'll be in your area, you can look at the Treatment Activity Map on the Precinct 3 website. They have already taken care of the majority of the precinct. There are also some zones that don't need treatment because of their low disease activity. If your area is set to be treated, the mosquito abatement team won't be there until 8:30 p.m. Once they start their spray mission, you should avoid going outside until 7 a.m. the next morning.

Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack reminds the county that mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus come out more at night. It's also helpful to have mosquito repellent handy while you're outside.