The recently released West Nile case
count from 2012 has many people wondering if we'll have incidences of the disease this year,
Health officials say we will. The
mosquitoes are running a little late this year, but they'll be back.
Local health districts aren't
just sitting around waiting for the biting insects to show up; they are being
The report was a long time coming,
but it's finally here. It shows Gregg County had the highest number of 2012
West Nile cases in East Texas with 30, including one death; Smith County
followed with 22 and no deaths.
The cooler weather has postponed
the arrival of those pesky biting pests, but be assured, they are coming.
Bob Gardner with the North East
Texas Health District said, "West Nile season is not here yet. In a
precautionary manner for mosquitoes, a couple things: we're already out treating
creeks and streams. The public needs to be aware of their own surroundings.
They need to check standing pools standing puddles of water. When the contents
of a cap that fits on a bottle of water can cook up a hundred mosquitoes, we
need to be concerned in our own backyards, specifically about standing water."
Gardner says a mosquito only
travels 150 yards during its lifetime, so if you have them they may be coming
from your yard.
In Longview they are also
treating for mosquito larvae. Buck Farrar with the City Of Longview
Environmental Health says most cases of West Nile come from a certain type of
"The Culex typically bites after
hours. The mosquito they say is dusk till dawn. That's the danger zone, when you
don't want to out because that's when you have a higher probability of getting
bit by one of those types of mosquitoes," Farrar said.
Health officials say get ready and
use common sense. Drain standing water, and if you go out after dark, dress in long
sleeves or use bug spray. It's also a good idea to cut back dense foliage.
Health officials say they will be
ready to spray when the time comes, but preventing the insects is the best way
to decrease West Nile cases.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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