Mosquito-borne viruses continue to threaten East Texas and the rest of the state in 2016. A handful of West Nile deaths have been reported this year.
So far this year, East Texas has seen numerous reports of West Nile and Zika.
Here is the county-by-county breakdown of Zika and West Nile Virus:
Angelina – 1
Gregg – 1
Rusk – 1
Upshur – 1
According to DSHS, Texas has had 231 reported cases of illness due to Zika virus. All the cases were associated with travel to an area where Zika is being spread. This count includes 14 pregnant women, two infants infected before birth, and two people who had sexual contact with travelers.
Anderson – 1
Angelina – 3
Bowie – 1
Henderson – 1
Hopkins – 1
Smith – 3
Titus – 1
Van Zandt – 1
Wood – 1
According to DSHS, West Nile illness continues to spread in Texas causing at least 200 cases of illness and seven deaths in 2016. There were 275 human cases, including 16 deaths, in 2015.
Texas officials recommend the following habits to protect yourself:
- Use an approved insect repellent every time you go outside. Approved repellents are those that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Follow the instructions on the label.
- Regularly drain standing water, including water that collects in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.
- Wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
- Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from entering the home.