The Commerce Journal
In May of this year the City of Commerce started a mosquito surveillance program. Each week there are two mosquito traps deployed in each of the cities four sections (A,B,C & D) along with one trap being deployed on the campus of Texas A & M University – Commerce. The collected mosquito specimens are packaged and sent to the Texas Department of State Health Services for testing. To date all test conducted for the West Nile Virus have been negative.
Each week the city will continue to deploy the mosquito surveillance traps throughout the city and submit the collected specimens to Texas Department of State Health Services for testing.
There are four main actions residents can take to help protect themselves according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. 1) Stay indoors at dusk and dawn. This is the time of day that mosquitoes are most active. 2) Dress in long sleeves/pants, loose and light colored clothing when outdoors, 3) Defend yourselves from mosquitoes by using an insect repellent that contains Deet, Picaridin, or oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Follow label instructions. 4) Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood. Also make sure that flower pots, water dishes, bird baths, and wading pools are properly drained so they are not breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
The City of Commerce Office of Emergency Management will be working closely with Hunt County Emergency Management, Texas A & M University – Commerce, Texas Department of State Health Services, Hunt County Health Department, City of Greenville Health Department and other agencies to stay informed on the WNV status not only here in this area but the surrounding area. If you have any questions regarding WNV you may contact Emergency Management Coordinator Chris Vaughan though the police department at 903-886-1139.