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Harris County’s Top Health Officials Explain How They Protect Residents from Mosquitoes

On Thursday (Sept. 20), Harris County Public Health confirmed the first West Nile Virus related death in the county in 2018

Dr. Mustapha Debboun, director of HCPH’s Mosquito & Vector Control Division (left), and Dr. Umair Shah, HCPH’s executive director (right).

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) confirmed Thursday the first West Nile Virus (WNV) related death in the county in 2018.

Dr. Umair Shah, HCPH’s executive director, explained that the West Nile season typically runs from June through October and, in the following audio file, talked about how the county protects its residents from the mosquito population. 

As of September 20, 303 mosquito samples have tested positive for the virus. The areas where those samples have been detected have been sprayed to reduce the risk of disease.

Watch Dr. Mustapha Debboun, director of HCPH’s Mosquito and Vector Control Division, explain how his department is combating mosquitoes:

Most people who are infected with the West Nile Virus will not develop any symptoms.

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