A U.S. Air Force Reserve C-130H Hercules with the 910th Airlift Wing

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – The Air Force Reserve Command’s 910th Airlift Wing sprayed over one million acres since arriving in Texas Sept. 8 to start the mosquito control application in areas of eastern Texas assisting with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

The 910th operates the Department of Defense’s only large area, fixed-wing aerial spray capability to control pest insect populations, eliminate undesired, invasive vegetation and disperse oil spills in large bodies of water.

The mosquito that carries it is the Culex. (Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim)

Public Health Director Sherry Ulmer confirmed a case of West Nile virus Tuesday, Aug. 30, in Beaumont. The potential case was discovered Aug. 15 by the patient’s primary care physician, but Ulmer said his blood work was sent to the Texas Department of State Health to confirm that he actually had the West Nile virus. Once it was confirmed, the Health Department was notified, she said. 

Photo by James Gathany/CDC

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) confirmed the state’s first human case of chikungunya, a viral disease that can cause fever and severe joint pain and is spread to people by mosquitoes.