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As heavy rains continue across the area, Emergency Management Officials urge residents to be aware of the health risks associated with standing water, including increased mosquito activity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that flood waters and standing waters pose various risks, including infectious diseases, chemical hazards and injuries. If a flooding emergency occurs, when returning to your home, be aware that flood water may contain sewage. For more information on how to protect yourself and your family, visit CDC’s Flood Water After a Disaster or Emergency. Missouri City has a strategic mosquito control program that is targeted to work toward environmentally friendly control of adult mosquitoes and prevention of breeding sites. The contractor is Cypress Creek Pest Control and their agreement requires that four to five trucks spray every Thursday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning each year in May through the first week of November. Spraying covers all streets and neighborhoods within City limits, including the private streets of communities that have provided a gate code for accessibility by the spraying contractor. Also, in addition to the contractor’s cycle, City staff sprays common areas where mosquitoes swarm like parks, green spaces, and the Quail Valley Golf Course. If there are adverse weather conditions the contractor will spray on Friday evenings or the first available good weather evening afterward. To further heighten awareness statewide, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner (DSHS) John Hellerstedt, M.D., issued a letter on Monday, July 2 about the ongoing risk Zika poses to communities across Texas. “The risk of these diseases increases with mosquito activity in Texas’ warm weather. Pregnant women are particularly at risk of Zika, because the virus can cause birth defects in unborn infants,” the Governor and Commissioner said in their letter. “Steps to prevent Zika also reduce the spread of other illnesses.” TexasZika.org has free information and materials available in English and Spanish. Learn how you can protect you and your family:
In recent months, citizens have raised questions about the City’s mosquito control program and spray schedule. To address residents’ inquiries, staff has compiled a list of frequently asked questions in relation to this topic: http://bit.ly/2wMRYnF.
For more information on hurricane season preparedness and recovery from Hurricane Harvey, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4332. More information is available at www.missouricityready.com.
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