Great rain for Burnet County; now comes mosquitoes
July 23, 2013, 4:27 pm by James Walker
One of the unpleasant by-products of the significant rainfall Burnet County has enjoyed the past two weeks is a growing mosquito population and the potential health problems the insects bring with them, the county’s top environmental official said Tuesday.
"We now have a tremendous mosquito population,” environmental services director Herb Darling said during his regular update at the Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting.
State health department officials will be in the county July31 capturing mosquitoes and testing them, Darling said.
"They will be checking them for the West Nile disease,” he said.
West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne illness and up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile will have no symptoms and will recover on their own.
However, some cases can cause serious illness or death.
People over 50 and those with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming ill if they become infected with the virus, a health department warning says.
Health department officials will use an asperator to suck the mosquitoes out of a trap and then transfer them into the container by blowing them into a jar and corking them inside.
To keep the bugs healthy and alive they are fed raisins before they head to Austin where lab technicians will test them.
It usually takes at least a week to get results of the test for the West Nile virus.
For the full story, see Wednesday's edition of The Burnet Bulletin.
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