West Nile Virus Outbreak Slows, But Remains A ThreatJanay Rickwalder
Thursday, November 1, 2012
As of October 30, a total of 4,891 cases of West Nile virus
disease in people, including 223 deaths, have been reported to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The outbreak appears to be
slowing, as the total number of new cases this week is down
about 30 from the week before, according to CDC data.
Adult mosquito populations should continue to decline in the
coming weeks as cooler weather moves in, but experts from the
National Pest Management Association (NPMA) urge
people to remain cautious as West Nile virus still remains a
While mosquitoes tend to die off after the first hard frost of
the season, this blood-sucking pest has several
overwintering strategies to ensure that offspring survive a
potential cold spell. In fact, eggs from floodwater mosquitoes can
remain viable for up to seven years.
Homeowners are encouraged to remove any standing water on the
property and stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitos are at