West Nile Virus: Texas Prepares for Mosquito SeasonJanay Rickwalder
Thursday, April 4, 2013
West Nile virus outbreak was the second-worst on record for the
mosquito-borne disease. The CDC reported a
total of more than 4,500 cases of West Nile virus disease in
people, resulting in more than 180 fatalities. Over one third of
the cases were from Texas alone and Dallas County was deemed the
epicenter of the outbreak.
Ahead of this year’s upcoming mosquito
season, health officials are being more proactive in their mosquito
control programs to prevent another epidemic in the South.
According to the
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, starting in May, Arlington officials
“will begin trapping and testing mosquitoes to identify West Nile
Virus hot spots and start applying larvicide to standing water,
such as streams and ponds, on public property.” Other county
officials are setting up strategic plans to combat West Nile virus
as far as treatments and spraying are concerned.
As mosquito season ramps up, the National Pest Management
Association encourages anyone who is concerned about mosquito
activity on their property to contact a pest management company or
the local mosquito abatement district.