Pflugerville ISD is aware of and following developments related to the West Nile Virus outbreak in Texas. District Health Services and Safety and Emergency Management staff are working with Support Services, Athletics and Fine Arts departments to educate students, staff and parents about health precautions.
West Nile Virus (WNV) is an illness primarily transmitted by mosquito bites. Not every mosquito carries disease and that not everyone bitten by a mosquito gets sick. According to the Health Department, people over 50 years of age and those who spend time outdoors at dusk and dawn are at greatest risk for WNV. Most people (4 out of 5) who are infected with WNV do not become ill; however there is no way to predict who may get sick.
The best way to prevent getting WNV is to avoid getting bitten by a mosquito. Mosquitoes are most active in the early morning and evening times; dawn and dusk. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, and PISD grounds personnel are being vigilant to remove and prevent such conditions on district property.
As a precaution, PISD is recommending that students who participate in early morning and early evening, after school, athletic or fine arts programs do so after having applied insect repellent. In addition they should consider wearing loose fitting, long sleeve shirts and long pants as an effective way to limit mosquito bites.