The City of Commerce along with the assistance of Texas A&M University-Commerce recently tested mosquitoes for various diseases by collecting and sending samples to the Department of State Health Services for analysis. On July 28th, 2017 Emergency Management Officials were notified of a positive test for the West Nile Virus. The location of the positive test was near the City Park on Pecan Street.
Commerce and TAMU-C Emergency Management Officials want to reassure our citizens and students that no human reports of West Nile have been reported. City Staff will begin spraying for mosquitoes in the area where the infected mosquitoes were found and will spray continuously for three days, beginning Monday, July 31, 2017. Emergency Management Officials along with City Staff will continue to test for infected mosquitoes in all areas of town.
Emergency Management Staff strongly suggests that everyone take extra precautionary measures in protecting themselves from mosquitoes. When outside, wear light colored clothing, use an insect repellent containing DEET, wear long sleeves and pants. To aid in eliminating mosquito breeding sites, it is encouraged to do away with any standing water from flower pots, buckets, barrels, and other containers. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out and always, empty children’s wading/swimming pools and store on their side after use.
For additional information on West Nile visit: www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/westnile/information