Saturday, August 25, 2012

TEXAS: Health Officials: No Need To Call 911 For Mosquito Bites



FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – With hundreds of human cases of the West Nile Virus being reported across Texas and more than a dozen related deaths in North Texas it seems some people are overreacting and calling 911 when they’re bitten by a mosquito.

In short, health officials say a mosquito is not a health emergency.

“We understand peoples concerns regarding the West Nile Virus, but in the absence of any symptoms of West Nile then a simple mosquito bite is really not a reason for someone to call 911,” said Matt Zavadsky, public affairs director for MedStar Emergency Medical Services.

One woman called Fort Worth 911 requesting assistance because her young nephew had a bump on his arm.

While Fort Worth 911 has a nurse triage program during the day, at night the options are different for emergency workers. Read More