Officials collected samples from throughout county

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Jim Wells County Vector Control officials once again received the all-clear concerning results from mosquito surveillance conducted around the county.

The Texas Department of State Health Services found no West Nile in the mosquitoes collected in July.

Jim Wells County officials were relieved to hear the results, since word was received that a mosquito sample turned up positive for West Nile in neighboring Nueces County this week, from the area between Robstown and Calallen.

The mosquitoes tested this month were collected from several locations around JWC.

Vector officials ran surveillance on July 11 at County Road 381 and County Road 342.

Both areas tested negative for the arbovirus, which is the sign for West Nile in mosquitoes.

Officials also collected samples from the Jim Wells County Courthouse on July 12. The Jim Wells County Fairgrounds was also tested that same day.

Both collections came back with no arbovirus isolated.

County vector officials said they will continue running mosquito surveillance and notify the public as soon as testing results come in from the state.

There has been a confirmed case of West Nile in a young child from Bishop.

According to the report the Bishop youth is the first human case of West Nile Virus in Nueces County in 2007.

West Nile Virus is a disease spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, rather than by person-to-person contact.

Symptoms of West Nile disease are usually mild and include fever, headache and body aches.

Other symptoms of West Nile Virus may include:

Fever Headache, tiredness Body aches Occasionally a skin rash, sometimes on the trunk of the body Swollen lymph glands Illness can be as short as a few days or last several weeks.

People over the age of 50 are more likely to develop serious symptoms of the virus and should take special care to avoid mosquito bites.

Cadena urged people to help in the fight of the West Nile Virus by cleaning

their property.

"Please, please mow your property," said Cadena. "and drain all standing

water such as in flower pots and old tires because it can help breed


According to the U.S. Geological Survey map, updated July 31, a total of

only five Texas counties, Willacy, Denton, El Paso, Hunt and Tarrant, have

reported six human infections of West Nile Virus. However, 10 counties have

reported finding mosquitoes carrying the virus.

Cadena says the pubic should be aware of the Four D's in helping themselves

avoiding contact with possible West Nile Virus carrying mosquitoes. Those


Dress in long sleeves and long pants

Staying indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active

Use insect spray containing the chemical DEET

Drain all standing water