The Garland Health Department is releasing a fun, five-minute video intended to teach elementary school students about West Nile Virus and how to protect themselves. The goal is for children to share this information at home so their families can take a proactive approach toward eliminating the mosquitoes that transmit the virus to people.
“Fight the Bite!” was produced by the City of Garland Public and Media Relations department for the health department. Environmental Health Specialist Jeff Crocker plays Dr. Culex Q. Fasciatus, a somewhat “nutty” professor who begins the journey in the lab, shows kids where mosquitos can be found, and finally teaches how to help eliminate the mosquitoes which in turn helps slow the spread of the West Nile Virus.
“We wanted a video that would be fun for kids to watch,” says Cindy Corley, Environmental Health Manager for the Garland Health Department. “If students remember what they’ve learned in the video, they’re more likely to take the message home, and share it with others.”