west nile virus

By jimLE Latest Reply 2012-08-18 08:02:57 -0500
Started 2012-08-18 08:02:57 -0500

Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:41 PM CDT
Updated: Aug 18, 2012 2:14 AM CDT

this from a local tv station in my area

The number of confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in Deep East Texas has climbed to six, all in Angelina County.

Friday, the Texas Department of State Health Services released an updated statewide count, which included 20 deaths.

455 human cases were reported in 48 Texas counties.

Dallas County is hardest-hit by human infection, with 10 deaths and 167 cases. Health officials are hoping to curb the mosquito population in the Dallas area with another round of aerial spraying of insecticide overnight. Thursday, the process was cut short due to rain, which dilutes the chemical.

Wednesday, when only 3 cases were reported in Angelina County, Health District Administrator Sharon Shaw said she expected multiple suspect cases to be confirmed. At the time, she said the number was not alarming.

With no vaccine and no treatment for West Nile, authorities say prevention is key.

Weekly spraying continues in both Lufkin and Nacogdoches. Parks departments in both cities are offering free mosquito spraying for residents inside city limits.

In Lufkin, residents wanting their neighborhood added to the list of spray zones should contact the city.

The City of Nacogdoches has mapped out incorporated areas into five sections, using insecticide sprayed from trucks.

Community parks and all Lufkin Independent School District campuses are being targeted for regular insecticide spraying.

The hot, dry weather has created ideal conditions for mosquitoes, which carry the virus.

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