AUSTIN, Texas – Adventures aren’t the only thing you’ll find outside as the weather warms up. It’s officially mosquito season. Austin Public Health is urging the public to be aware of the dangers of mosquito bites and protect themselves and their loved ones from mosquitoes this year.
In the warmer weather in the spring, summer, and fall, mosquitoes breed throughout Austin and surrounding areas. While their bites are itchy and annoying, mosquitoes pose a much greater threat to people by spreading disease.
Mosquitoes may carry diseases that contribute to outbreaks of Zika, West Nile, dengue fever, encephalitis, and canine heartworm. Just last year, Austin-Travis County saw one case of West Nile in a patient and identified six positive mosquito pools throughout the county.
“I know many are excited to be spending time outdoors for the next several months – take a few steps to make sure you’re celebrating safely,” said Austin-Travis County Health Authority Dr. Desmar Walkes. “Clearing out standing water, using repellant, and wearing long sleeves and pants will help keep the buzz away.”
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Don’t let mosquitoes ruin your fun this summer. You can learn more about keeping you and your loved ones safe from mosquitoes at austintexas.gov/mosquitoes.
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For more information, visit AustinTexas.gov/health.