Zika in Central Texas
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that can cause severe, even fatal problems, especially for pregnant women and their babies.
The best way to fight Zika is at the source: Get rid of mosquito breeding grounds in your home and around your property!
If you are or planning to become pregnant, take extra care to avoid mosquitoes by following the four D's:
- drain or dump;
- day, dusk and dark;
- dress; and
The vast majority of those who contract Zika will never experience any symptoms. Of those who do, most will experience mild cold- or flu-like symptoms for several days. Zika is most dangerous in pregnant women, where it can lead to severe birth defects or death.
Those who think they have contracted Zika should contact their health care provider, who will coordinate testing. The Comal County Office of Public Health does not test for Zika; testing must be arranged through a health care provider.
For more information about Zika symptoms, testing and the spread of the virus in Texas, visit texaszika.org
Does the city or county spray for mosquitoes?
Neither the City of New Braunfels nor Comal County sprays for mosquitoes, except in special circumstances, such as after a flood.
- The type of mosquito that carries Zika tends to cluster around residences, making mass spraying costly and ineffective, especially outside the city limits.
- Potential contamination caused by broad mosquito spaying is too great a risk, especially in environmentally sensitive areas and waterways, where the spray could harm the fish and birds that otherwise feed on mosquitoes.
What can I do to protect myself and my family?
The best way to prevent Zika, West Nile and other mosquito-borne illnesses is by combating mosquitoes yourself – by following the four D’s.
In order to make protecting yourself and your family as easy as possible, insect repellant is now covered under Medicaid.
What is the City of New Braunfels doing?
The City of New Braunfels is offering free mosquito-control discs (popularly known by the brand name Mosquito Dunks) to any city resident. The discs kill mosquito larvae without harming other wildlife and are available at the main reception area of New Braunfels City Hall, 550 Landa St. during normal business hours.
The city will treat standing water on public property where it is not feasible to drain it. The City cannot treat standing water on private property, with the exception of abandoned property with due notice provided to the legal owners. If you are concerned about mosquitoes breeding at a specific location, please call the city's Streets and Drainage Department at 830-221-4030 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays or use our "Report a Problem" form. Please have the street address available when you call.
What is Comal County doing?
Comal County road crews treat standing water in the public right of way with mosquito-control discs to help limit the breeding of mosquitoes.
Commissioners Court in 2016 approved a policy allowing county employees to abate mosquitoes on vacant or abandoned property on a complaint basis. Visit the county’s Environmental Health webpage to make a complaint about standing water or other mosquito-breeding areas on vacant or abandoned private.
Where can I get tested if I think I have Zika?
Anyone who thinks they may have contracted Zika should visit their health care provider, who can coordinate with the Comal County Office of Public Health to determine what tests to order and arrange for a test through a commercial laboratory. Medicaid will cover Zika testing with a doctor’s order.
Where can I get more information?
For more Zika-related information, visit texaszika.org, which is run by the Texas Department of State Health Services.