Health experts warn of heightened risk in the unseasonably thick swarms of mosquitoes residents are contending with thanks to recent rain and unseasonably warm December temperatures — the Aedes sollicitans mosquito that can carry the potentially deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus.

Eastern equine encephalitis is a rare virus that has a death rate of 30 percent among infected people, said Scott Weaver, director of the University of Texas Medical Branch Institute of Human Infections and Immunity.

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Bailey Jones

It would be useful to know what the county is doing for mosquito control - spraying, etc.

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Michael A. Smith

All we could get from mosquito control was that they were too busy to speak to a reporter.

Bailey Jones


Rusty Schroeder

I see nothing has changed with that outfit.

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