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.
Emilio Garcia is the director of the Kleberg County Health Department.
During 2014 a total of seven human West Nile virus infections were confirmed in Pueblo.
Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
– Use insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon eucalyptus, and be careful to follow label directions.
There are steps you can take to protect yourself from being bitten by a West Nile-infected mosquito.
There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent infection by the virus. Fortunately, the majority of individuals infected with WNV will not have any symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms.
People of any age can become ill after being bitten by an infected mosquito, but those older than 50 are at greater risk of developing serious illness involving the nervous system.
“Mosquitoes are an unavoidable summertime nuisance”.
Eliminating mosquito breeding sites around your home by emptying standing water in flowerpots and birdbaths on a regular basis, and getting rid of compost and dense, overgrown shrubbery.
Make sure you dump out any pools of standing water in tires, buckets, children’s toys and gutters. This type of mosquito increases in numbers during mid- to late summer when the temperatures climb and the weather pattern is often drier.
– Buy products with Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) – a naturally-occurring bacteria that kills mosquito larvae but is safe for people, pets and plants – for stagnant pools of water in the lawn and garden.
The longer a mosquito lives and the more she feeds, the more likely she is to spread disease, Wolfe said. The work is funded by a $525,250 general fund appropriation that also goes to help fight mosquitoes in the Brandon, Leicester, Salisbury and Goshen areas and for possible aerial pesticide spraying to reduce the threat of the disease.
They also use a device similar to a leaf blower which sprays granular bacteria that kills mosquito larvae.