The Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (HCPHES) Mosquito Control Division has scheduled an aerial spray operation for Thursday evening, August 7, 2014 for portions of northeast and northwest Harris County. The spraying is in response to nine reported human West Nile virus cases and the first mosquito pool confirmed positive for Chikungunya.

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A human case of chikungunya was reported last month in the county; however, it was related to international travel and not contracted locally.

Dr. Mustapha Debboun, Director of HCPHES Mosquito Control Division says, “Because of the increased number of disease infected mosquitoes detected by our surveillance efforts, this aerial spray operation will help us better protect the health of our community.”

“I want to remind the community that it is mosquito season in Harris County. It’s important to practice personal protective measures, such as applying an insect repellent during outdoor activities. HCPHES continues to encourage residents to eliminate mosquito breeding habitats in and around their property,” says Dr. Umair A. Shah, Executive Director of HCPHES. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page