MIDLAND-ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Never say never, is how Gino Solla of the Ector County Health Department described the likelihood of a mosquito carrying the Zika virus coming to the Permian Basin area.
"No, there is a chance. I don't want to give the people and public a false sense of security. There is a chance, there's just a lesser chance," said Solla
On Monday, the first case of a mosquito carrying the virus was reported in Cameron County located in South Texas. Health officials like Solla knew this was coming.
"I kind of expected it," said Solla.
On the flip side, Solla added one of the reasons why it would be hard for a mosquito with the virus to come locally is because the area isn't as humid as others.
"It likes to live in the wet grassy area and we don't have much of that," said Solla.
Solla added officials will have a better idea on what the mosquitoes are carrying when we get back to warmer temperatures.
"I'd say in six months it will really show us because we'll get back to the mosquito season in April and May," said Solla.
Here are some tips Solla and the state health department said are good ways to protect yourself:
- Use EPA approved insect repellent.
- Wear long pants and long sleeved shirts.
- Make sure your air conditioning and window screens are in good condition.
- Remove any water that may be in trash cans, tires or flower pots.