As a precautionary measure, the City of Commerce along with Texas A & M University-Commerce have been testing mosquitoes for various diseases by trapping them and sending them to the Department of State Health Services. Emergency Management Officials have been notified that two of the samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Most people infected with West Nile have no signs or symptoms. However, about 20% of those infected develop a mild infection called West Nile fever. Common signs and symptoms of West Nile fever include fever, headache, body aches, fatigue, back pain, occasionally skin rash, swollen lymph glands and eye pain.
Commerce and TAMU-C Emergency Management Officials want to reassure citizens and students that no human reports of West Nile have been reported. City Staff will begin spraying for mosquitoes in the areas which the infected mosquitoes were found and will spray continuously for three days, beginning today (Wednesday, August 12). Testing for infected mosquitoes will continue in all areas of Commerce and the University.
Precautionary measures are urged. When outside, wear light colored clothing, use an insect repellent containing DEET, wear long sleeves and pants. To aid in eliminating mosquito breeding sites it is encouraged to do away with any standing water from flower pots, buckets, barrels, and other containers. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out and always empty children’s wading/swimming pools and store on their side after use.