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Better East Texas: West Nile

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By Pat Stacey

It has been impossible to escape the news coverage relating to the spread of West Nile Virus across Texas and especially in east Texas.  The Dallas area has been described as ground zero in the fight against West Nile and almost a dozen counties in our area have confirmed cases.  But ultimately, what are we to do?  Cities are trying to spray neighborhoods to try to control mosquitoes and just about everyone has purchased some Deep Woods Off to spray on our children, parents and ourselves.  As a community, we have to take this threat seriously, people have already died as a result of West Nile and more will contract it after being bitten by a mosquito.  I can't imagine that anyone can claim immunity from being bitten so everyone must act and we especially need to act to protect those who might be more susceptible because of weakened immune systems.  West Nile is here to stay, at least until colder weather moves in and that could be more than a month away so do not sit by and become a victim.  It might save your life and a healthy east Texas is a better east Texas.

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