Air Force Battles a Post-Harvey Villain: Mosquitoes

posted by Kate Seamons -

Texas has sicced the Air Force on a post-Hurricane Harvey enemy: mosquitoes. 

As of Tuesday, 1.85 million acres (that's about 1% of the state) had been coated with insecticides via Air Force C-130 cargo planes. The planes had at that point sprayed three eastern counties, with plans to expand their footprint over the next two weeks. 

Reuters says officials are hoping the effort will tamp down on mosquito-carried diseases like West Nile and Zika, though a rep for the Texas Department of State Health Services says the mosquitoes that tend to materialize after floods aren't usually carriers. What they are: nuisances.

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