Martinez said many cases of West Nile Virus have been found in Texas mosquitoes, not in George West, but it could happen.
“We don’t want to alarm anyone, but we feel an obligation to the residents to inform them we are monitoring the problem,” Martinez said.
“Our Code Enforcement Department will be issuing violations and citations to residents who are not complying with Ordinance No. 72-A, which states, ‘It is deemed by the city council of the city of George West, Texas that it is dangerous to the public health, safety and welfare for lots in the city to have accumulation of stagnant water.’” Martinez said.
The ordinance also states that “litter of other unwholesome, impure or unsanitary matter in particular the debris being placed along the city streets throughout the city by its residents that may produce disease or attract disease carrying pests, and it is dangerous and constitutes a fire hazard to have weeds tall, tall grass, brush and litter on lots in the City.”
“The city of George West has initiated its vector control plan and currently sprays for mosquitoes twice a week if weather and other variables allow for such action,” she said.
“Please help us keep our city free from disease carrying pests,” she added.
Go to the Centers For Disease Control website to learn more about the West Nile Virus, including how to avoid it and what the symptoms are if you get it: www.cdec.gov.