Local expert offers tips to prevent West Nile Virus

Texas A&M ento­mologist Molly Keck: Limit mosquito exposure, eliminate standing water

SAN ANTONIO - With the number of West Nile Virus cases in Texas continuing to rise, expert suggest a proactive approach to guard against the virus.

Molly Keck, an entomologist with Texas A&M’s Bexar County Agricultural Extension Office, said homeowners should first identify and eliminate any standing water on their properties, because mosquitoes can breed and mature in as little as seven days.

Keck also suggested long sleeves and pants for anyone who ventures outside, especially during peak mosquito feeding hours around dusk and dawn. For exposed areas of skin, Keck suggested insect repellent.

At last count, there were 557 cases of West Nile Virus reported in North Texas, in the areas around Dallas and Fort Worth, with 14 confirmed deaths. Bexar County currently has 3 confirmed cases.

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