Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

July 16, 2013

Mosquito spraying continues in aftermath of rain

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — With the heavy rains that hit Jacksonville comes water. And with still water comes those pesky mosquitoes – possibly carrying West Nile Virus, perhaps even malaria or yellow fever.

City officials plan to keep spraying this week to hold them at bay and perhaps provide residents with an itch-and-infection- free home atmosphere.

The mosquito  is a two-winged insect of the family “Culicidae,” in which the female of most species is distinguished by  its propensity to suck blood, hence its ability to carry and transfer disease.

Rhonda Jones, the Public Health Emergency Pre-paredness  Coordinator of Cherokee County Public Health, said that there have only been two cases of West Nile or any other mosquito-transferred disease reported in Texas this year. These are Anderson County and in Tarrant County.

However, Jones strongly cautioned, Cherokee County residents need to continue to stay careful and protect themselves from infected mosquitoes.

“Even though we haven't had cases, there is always that possibility, so those precautions are definitely needed,” Jones said.

Last year’s West Nile virus outbreak resulted in 1,868 confirmed cases with 89 people dying from the illness.

West Nile activity varies from year to year and there is no way to predict how severe this season will be, Jones has said.

People can best prevent getting it by not exposing themselves to the virus, Jones added.

According to a city release issued by Kelly Young, the city is continuing its summer mosquito spraying program this week by spraying a variety of areas in town just before sundown.

Jacksonville residents are urged to keep their children and pets inside while the spraying is taking place.

Additionally, as mentioned earlier, grownups are asked to limit their personal exposure to the spray as much as they possibly can.

“Factors such as rain, evening temperatures below 55 degrees F, and winds over 10 miles an hour will prohibit the city from spraying during some evenings,” Young said in his recent release.

The areas to be sprayed this week include the following streets:

• The “University Hills” area – Alameda, Bailey Lane, Baylor, Berry, Canada, Crest wood, Delaware, Forrest Trail, Harvard, Hillcrest, Kirkwood, Meadowhill, O’Keefe, Phillips, Purdue, Robs, Sherwood, Stanford and Yale.

• The “East Loop” area – Angelina, Asbury, Augusta, Beach, Bellaire, Briarwood, Cash, Champion, Colonial, Dial, Dogwood, Elmwood, Fairway, Glenfawn, Greenbriar, Holly, Kings, Lenora, Live Oak, Meadowbrook, Morris, Oak, O’Keefe, Pebble Beach, Pine Cove Lane, Pinedale, Preston Trail, Preswick, Robbins, Timberline and Toby.