White Oak, Kilgore spraying for mosquitos; Longview still waiting

White Oak, Kilgore spraying for mosquitos; Longview still waiting
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Friday, June 20, 2014 - 8:32am

Mosquito spraying continues in unincorporated Gregg County and most of its cities as summer sets in.

Officials are keeping watch for West Nile virus and the Culex variety of mosquito, which carries the potentially fatal disease in its stings.

“They’ve been doing it, probably, the last 30 days,” White Oak City Coordinator Charlie Smith said of his crews, which halted mosquito fogging this week to wait on a part for the machine.

Smith anticipated re-starting a spray schedule of two to three times weekly next week.

One case of West Nile virus was reported in Gregg County last year, in August. That compares to 183 cases reported statewide last year, according to Texas Department of State Health Services online records.

The state agency reports 4,253 cases statewide since the disease arrived in Texas in 2002.

Read more from the Longview News-Journal.
 

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