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sharpbiker added a topic in General DiscussionNo night caching in NW Harris County tonight?Aerial Spray Operation Scheduled to Combat West Nile Virus
Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (HCPHES) Mosquito
Control Division has scheduled an aerial spray operation for portions of
northwest Harris County to combat mosquito borne disease. The aerial
application will begin Wednesday evening, July 15th after dusk and continue
until approximately 4:00am. It is anticipated that the aerial operation will
take only one night to complete. The plan for the proposed aerial operation
is to spray approximately 100,000 acres by air, weather permitting..
The insecticide, Dibrom (EPA-approved), is routinely used for aerial
operations to combat mosquito borne disease and will be used during the spray
operation in Harris County. While Dibrom is considered to be safe for the
environment, some people may be sensitive to direct contact with the
chemical. HCPHES asks that individuals go indoors while the aerial treatment
is being conducted in your area.
Map of the proposed spray area
The aerial spray operation is being conducted in response to recent
surveillance findings indicating that West Nile Virus (WNV) activity has
increased, especially in the northwest areas of Harris County. "This year's
mosquito season is unlike last year. Harris County is experiencing a very
hot and dry year. This type of weather is conducive for increasing the risk
for transmission of mosquito borne diseases such as West Nile Virus. As a
result, there have been clusters of disease activity detected necessitating
the need to implement the aerial treatment in the designated areas," says Dr.
Rudy Bueno, Director of HCPHES Mosquito Control.
To date, West Nile Virus has been confirmed in 55 mosquito samples.
Because of limited road accessibility in the northwest portions of the
county, aerial spraying is necessary to combat and control mosquitoes
carrying the virus where ground spraying (truck) is less accessible and
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