August 11, 2012

Prompts Public Health Emergency

1 West Nile Virus Epidemic in Texas

A West Nile virus epidemic that's infected 175 people and killed 9, has prompted officials to declare a public health emergency in Dallas County, TX. "This declaration will expand our avenues for assistance in our ongoing battle with West Nile virus," said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins in a statement. Insecticide spraying by plane will be offered to the hardest hit communities and will occur during overnight hours when children are inside, said the judge who added that the insecticide is safe and the planes "get the spray to where it needs to go." This is the US's worst year since 2004 for West Nile with 42 states reporting infections in mosquitos, birds or people. Health officials advise preventative measures including using insect repellant and eliminating mosquito breeding sites.

More at CNN.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: 2012 Worst Since 2004 for West Nile

Tags: Mosquitos, West Nile Virus, West Nile Virus Epidemic in Texas, Public Health Emergency, Judge Clay Jenkins

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