Recent Rainfall Prompts Extra Caution For West Nile Virus In Texas

The recent rainfall and the West Nile Virus have the Texans worried this time. The recent increase of West Nile Virus cases in Dallas has prompted other counties in the state to show concern. The state in fact has currently showed that the explosion of new West Nile Virus cases in the state is considered to be the worst since 1999. Around the country, there have been 26 deaths currently reported and around 700 infections attributed to the West Nile Virus. Of the total, 21 of the cases were reported from Texas and at least 550 of the reported infections.

The concern for the increase in mosquito population is also becoming a concern in the Texas area. These insects are known to be the prime target for the spread of the West Nile Virus among animals and eventually to people. With the higher temperatures and high humidity, mosquito development is known to be quicker than usual. Given such conditions, the development from egg to adult comes in as little as 5 days as compared to the usual 7 to 10 days. The recent rainfall will prove to contribute to this increase.

Although the mosquito problem won’t totally go away, concerns of it getting worse has become the concern for Texas officials. Other parts of the state such as South Plains are increasingly getting worried that the West Nile problem will eventually spread into the area. Denver City, Morton, Sundown, Brownfield and Lubbock Airport reported rainfall that may further contribute to the increase of mosquito population. Although rainfall may not yet be considered as a lot, it is being seen by the officials as a contributor to a possible increase in mosquito population that may also potentially increase the spread of West Nile virus in the state. That is why Texas officials are urging people to become more aware about surroundings that might become potential mosquito breeding grounds. Citizens are also advised to use insect repellants with DEET, wear long sleeved protective clothing when going outdoors, avoid activity during dusk and dawn as well as ensure that standing water around the home is properly drained.

Source: KBCD

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