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West Nile Virus Awareness Begins
States, such as Texas, that have a history of West Nile virus outbreaks are already beginning their 2014 awareness campaigns. This mosquito-borne disease is preventable by eliminating areas of standing water on private property and using insect repellants when outdoors.
In 2012, a West Nile virus outbreak in Texas resulted in more than 1,800 cases, about one-fifth of all reported cases in the country that year. Last year, Texas only had 172 reported cases of West Nile.