MedStar EMS says some people are calling 911 and asking for an ambulance — for simple mosquito bites.
A Fort Worth woman recently called the ambulance service to report that her 1-year-old nephew was apparently bitten.
“And I got scared because that bite looks like that mosquito bite like they show on the TV,” the woman said.
The 911 operator asked if the baby was awake and responsive.
“Yes, he’s playing around like normal,” the woman said. “I just want to make sure that it’s nothing, you know, dangerous.”
MedStar managers say they have received a number of similar calls.
“We’ve received probably half a dozen to a dozen from people who have gotten bitten by mosquitoes — no signs of symptoms — but they call 911,” said MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky.