Harris County employs 50 scientists and technicians year-round to to set traps, sort mosquitoes by species and conduct lab tests for five viruses: St. Louis encephalitis, West Nile, dengue and chikungunya. This year they’ve added Zika. The tab for mosquito control runs $4 million or more a year.
For Zika testing, samples are currently sent to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. But soon, the lab will also be able to test for Zika on site after a spend of $300,000 to renovate lab space and buy a PCR-assay testing machine. Read More