The deadly West Nile Virus has begun spreading so rapidly across the USA that officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are advising citizens to actively take steps to prevent getting the disease.
Almost 700 cases have been reported this year to the CDCP, almost half of those occuring in the state of Texas due to bites from infected mosquitos. Forty-three states in all have reported cases of West Nile Virus, with the largest concentration in California, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Missisippi.
All residents of the US are being urged to begin wearing insect repellant when planning to be outdoors now through September, the height of mosquito infestation in most parts of the country. Residents are also being urged to remove any standing pools of water around their property which tend to attract the virus-bearing mosquitos, in addition to wearing long sleeves and slacks when out of doors in early morning or evening hours.
Diane Elliot is a seasoned journalist with nearly 12 years experience. While studying journalism at University of Southern California, Diane found a passion for finding engaging stories. As a contributor to Coastal Morning Star, Diane mostly covers human interest pieces.