West Nile Virus
8:54 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Mosquito Spraying Working in Hunt County?

The latest figures from the Hunt County Health Department indicates that distribution of insecticide may be helping to slow the pace of the West Nile virus.

Only three people have been reported to become infected from the virus in the past three weeks.  That compares to the 12 cases discovered by the end of August, according to Pam Andrews with the Hunt County Health Department.

Spraying in Commerce continues Monday through Thursday for the rest of the month, while Greenville has switched to targeted spraying for mosquitoes.

Experts have noted that mid to late August is considered the peak time to becoming infected from West Nile. on August 29, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported cases were up 40 percent since the previous week.

Citizens are still encouraged to use caution when outdoors during peak mosquito biting times, since cases are expected to continue through October.