Even with rain slowing up pesticide-spraying efforts in Dallas, officials are still determined to battle the mosquitoes that are causing a the nation’s worst outbreak of West Nile Virus in Dallas County, Texas, reports The Dallas Morning News.
The current West Nile outbreak in the Dallas area alone has grown to include 230 infections and 10 deaths, about half the total in Texas, which is the highest state tally in the country. The situation is so bad that the Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has declared a state of emergency.
The Dallas area has about 25 percent of the nation’s West Nile infections, but the fact is that West Nile Virus is in almost every state. The most up-to-date map from the CDC, which lists data as of Aug. 14, shows West Nile Virus in all states except Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Virginia.
But let’s not all freak out. Unless you want to. Sometimes freaking out is rather satisfying. But if you’d rather not lose your mind at this particular moment, here are ten facts, straight from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, about West Nile Virus: what it is, how to avoid it, and what to do if you get it.
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