First off, is the recent positive samples of mosquitoes for West Nile Virus. This is in addition to previous positive results that they have had earlier this year. Precinct 3 is planning on treating/spraying the affected area and has created an email and phone number for residents to call for advice on staying safe. The precinct also recommends the use of insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and making sure there is no standing water in your area. Most people do not exhibit any symptoms with West Nile, but others may suffer with headache, fever, vision loss and other symptoms (Dominguez, 2020).A second public health issue in my community is boating safety. Lake Conroe has been known as one of the most dangerous lakes in Texas. According to the Constable’s Office, which patrols the lake, the common denominator of the avoidable fatalities on Lake Conroe is the lack of life jackets being used. The safety of the lake has been improving with publicawareness of safety and an increase in patrolling on the lake, but as more resorts such as Margaritaville opening, this results in more traffic on the lake and more accidents are bound to happen (Gonzalez, 2019).Both issues are of importance to my area and to me. West Nile can possibly make you extremely ill and being that I live near the lake, I feel like our mosquito population is large. Of course, it seems like their population is large everywhere. I worry about my children when they are playing outside at dusk, because that seems to be when the mosquitoes are the worst. Also, since I live near the lake, I feel like boating safety is of the utmost importance. Just a few weeks ago a 21-year old drowned onLake Conroe near my subdivision while she was tubing with no life jacket.
Most of these accidents are avoidable and safety education needs to be stressed.ReferencesDominguez, C. (2020, June 26). More mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in the woodlands. Conroe Courier. Retrieved -mosquitoes-test-positive-for-West-Nile-virus-15369374.phpGonzalez, J. (2019, May 23). Officials urge boating safety as Lake Conroe gears up for Memorial Day weekend. Conroe Courier. Retrieved from -to-fear-Keeping-safe-on-Lake-Conroe-13881290.phpReplyReply to CommentoCollapse SubdiscussionJulie BrownJulie Brown
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- Summer '20
- West Nile Virus, Mosquito