According to the Texas Department of Health, Kaufman County, in North Texas, is the only other part of the state where a case of human West Nile Virus has been reported this year.
West Nile symptoms include fever, headache, body ache, and sometimes a rash. Symptoms of severe illness include fever, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness, vision loss, paralysis and even death.
– DRAIN standing water around your house weekly. For standing water, fountains, ponds, etc., consider adding “mosquito dunks” or mosquito fish.
The first confirmed case of West Nile Virus in the Coastal Bend this year, took the life of a Kingsville man.
They say it’s critical take steps to protect your family from the West Nile Virus because this is just the beginning.
But John Swartzberg, clinical professor emeritus at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, said it’s too early to make assumptions about the virus spreading this summer because the peak of the West Nile season begins in July and lasts until September.
Tim Nelson, program manager for Rankin County’s mosquito abatement program explains, “Culex mosquito populations tend to increase as the summer temperatures escalate, which is also when we usually see the first West Nile virus-positive mosquito pools”.
West Nile virus is spread most commonly by infected mosquitoes.
That’s twice as many as reported this time a year ago, Maricopa County Environmental Services Department Director Steven Goode said.
The virus has not been confirmed this year in Warren County, according to the state. Removing mosquito breeding areas and preventing mosquito bites are two ways to prevent being infected with West Nile Virus.
Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. Check with your doctor before applying insect repellent on infants, and wash your hands after using insect repellent. Luckily, most infected people don’t develop symptoms and never knew that they were bitten by an infected mosquito.
Several tactics are being used to tackle the problem, ultra-low volume foggers spray an oil based pesticide, typically at night, which targets the male mosquitos.