Hidalgo County reports 4 new West Nile cases, 3 new Dengue Fever cases
EDINBURG, Texas – Hidalgo County health officials reported four new West Nile Virus cases and three new cases of Dengue Fever on Monday. In September, 18 Texas counties reported having a case of West Nile virus, including Bexar County, according to state data. According to Olivarez, the West Nile cases were found in the Mercedes, Weslaco and Edinburg areas. County officials said that additionally, three other cases were reported to Hidalgo County a week ago. To protect yourself against either West Nile or Dengue, you must protect yourselves against mosquitoes.
18 Texas counties report West Nile virus in 2020, including Bexar County, state data shows
BRYAN, Texas – Last weekend, Brazos County Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance Unit confirmed that mosquito samples from the area have tested positive for West Nile virus. State data shows Bexar County is also on the list of counties that have found the virus in mosquitoes in 2020. According to health experts, West Nile virus can be transmitted to animals and humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes. “Right now, even though Brazos County is still concentrating on how to live safely with COVID-19, we cannot forget about West Nile Virus,” Rodriguez said. You can read more about mosquitos and West Nile Virus in Bexar County on the websites of Bexar County Emergency Management and Metro Health.
Mosquitoes bugging you? These repellents work best.
To protect your family from itchy bites and bug-borne diseases, you need an insect repellent that works. Consumer Reports put several to the test. Volunteers put their bare arms into cages filled with disease-free mosquitoes to help Consumer Reports test insect repellent sprays, lotions and wipes. The Consumer Reports tests showed that the products that are effective against mosquitoes are also effective against ticks. CRs two top-rated repellents contain DEET: Bens Tick and Insect Repellent wipes and Total Home Woodland Scent Insect Repellent from CVS.
7/29: Florida officials race to stem spread of Zika; Steve Hartman remembers childhood home with his father
Mosquitoes have apparently picked up the Zika virus and are now spreading it in south Florida; It's been over a year since Steve Hartman helped his dad pack up move out of the family home for good.cbsnews.com
U.S. commits more than $500 million to fighting Zika
With warm weather fast approaching, mosquitoes will be making their return to much of the U.S. soon -- and they'll be bringing the Zika virus with them. The Obama administration committed more than $500 million Wednesday to combating the virus, but experts fear that's not nearly enough. Dr. Jon LaPook has more.cbsnews.com