After bringing many disasters to Texas the health officials are now warning the locals that the receding flood water caused by Hurricane Harvey may now bring health risk to people-mosquito breeding sickness. On Wednesday Texas has started the use of aerial attacks on the coastal areas of the State that are swarmed by mosquitoes, which may bring life threatening diseases and may hamper the disaster recovery post-Hurricane Harvey.
The State has pleaded the Air Force to spray insecticides at near about 6 million acres area, as per a report from Quartz that also notifies so far among them only three territories have been treated. Texas commenced with the U.S. Air Force cargo planes C-130 for spraying insecticides over the three counties of Eastern Texas during the weekends and will continue with the spraying process for the next two weeks. The statement was given by the officials of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) of Texas.
According to the Tuesday reports by the department, 1.85 million acres have been treated. Officials believe that the spraying can bring a break down to the mosquito borne illness. According to a figure that was released on Tuesday, Texas reported that since the start of 2016, there were 441 human cases due to West Nile Virus and 21 deaths. It also reported 342 cases caused out of Zika Virus in the same period, following one case this year that’s most probably spread by a mosquito bite.
Texas officials state that majority of the mosquitoes won’t be the carrier of diseases, but they can somehow delay or harm the recovery process. DSHS spokesman, Chris Van Deusen says spraying is mostly to protect the workers during their cleanup efforts in the flood water and malaise caused due to big bug bites.
It is through flooding trillion gallons of water dropped in the regions that led to a party place for mosquitoes thus forced officials to seek help from the U.S. Air Force. The C-130mcargo plane was joined by other two smaller aircraft operating from a San Antonio based air force. It sprayed whole of the South Texas last week. State officials also recommended clearing off any standing water, wear long-sleeved dresses, and use mosquito repellent.