Texas Fish & Game received the following West Nile virus update from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The West Nile situation continues to get worse. Another WNV fever case has been reported in HSR 1 (Hale Co.). Please continue to practice the steps known to reduce risk: drain standing water; dress in long sleeves and long pants when out and mosquitos might be active; use an effective mosquito repellent; and try to avoid being out at dusk or dawn. If you can’t avoid being outside, be sure to practice the protective methods of dressing and the use of repellent.
You may have heard reports of higher case numbers being reported in the DFW area than we report here. There is a time lag between when Dallas Co. can count a case and when the state has the documentation necessary to count it. Regardless of the numbers they show and we show, the message is that West Nile virus is quite active this year in some areas of the state, and is going to get worse. A year ago there were only 6 cases reported state wide.
If your community has the resources to use adulticides and larvicides, that is very beneficial for those citizens. However, please do all you can to protect yourself, your loved ones and people in your community. Self-protection is the most effective means of staying safe. If you can eliminate breeding sites that will protect you and your neighbors. It will reduce the need for the other, higher dollar steps, too.
James L. Alexander, DVM, MPVM, DACVPM
Regional Zoonosis Control Veterinarian
Texas Department of State Health Services