First Case Of West Nile Virus Pushes Officials To Take Action

by Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

ANDREWS COUNTY - We've all heard how the West Nile virus is spreading through out North Texas, but it looks like it's now moving here.

The Health Department in Andrews has confirmed their first case of the West Nile virus, which is a first here in the Permian Basin. Now the City of Andrews is taking to the streets to prevent the disease from spreading.

A machine shooting fog at a rapid speed is pesticide geared to kill those pesky mosquitos.

"Bring the fog from the machine and as those mosquitos fly through that fog then that is what actually brings them to the end," Scott Wallace, Director of Community Service for the City of Andrews, said.

He and his crew have beefed up their daily routine, spreading this pesticide all over town and it couldn't come at a better time.

"Spraying the neighborhood areas usually early mornings from six to seven somewhere in there for an hour or two. In the late evenings from eight and sometimes a little past dark," Wallace said.

The liquid used is a deadly combination of two chemicals, however, Wallace says it doesn't affect people. But the spray isn't the only thing that is being done. City officials are also using a tablet and placing it in wetlands or in creeks to kill the mosquitos' larva.

Wallace suggested things you can do at home from keeping those mosquitos from spreading.

"Not have tires or low spots where sprinklers may pond or where water has gotten stagnant or where anything that can keep water, so that mosquitos can breed there," Wallace said.

The spraying is expected to continue until temperatures start to take a dip.

For more information on symptoms and ways to keep you safe, you can check out the Centers for Disease Control website: