West Nile Virus Threat Continues Well Into the Fall

Though temperatures around the country are cooling down, mosquito populations can flourish well in to the fall months, bringing with them the threat of West Nile virus. As of October 14, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control reports that a total of 47 states and the District of Columbia have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. Overall, 1,444 human cases of West Nile virus have been reported to the CDC.

California has been hit especially hard this year, with a total of 487 West Nile virus human cases-the highest of any state in the nation. Half of California's 58 counties have reported human cases of the disease, including 14 deaths that have been attributed to West Nile virus.

Homeowners should continue to take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites and West Nile virus transmission. It is highly recommended to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds by searching for and dumping any sources of stagnant water, including pool covers, birdbaths and flowerpots. Additionally, regularly remove debris from gutters to prevent water from pooling.