West Nile Concerns in Gregg County

The West Nile Virus is a growing concern for East Texans, especially since some people who live in Gregg County have found dead birds in the area. And the Longview Health Department has had a number of dead birds brought to them by citizens worried the animals may be infected.

   In Texas, more than 100 birds and 20 horses have tested positive for the virus. And 10 people in the state, may be infected.

   Many parents are concerned their children could be bitten by mosquitos that carry the virus. As a result, the health department has ordered another round of insecticide spraying to kill off the mosquito population.

   Anyone who finds a dead bird, especially a crow or a blue jay, is asked to take it to their local health department.