Across Texas, the West Nile Virus has been a major issue and one of the worst outbreaks on record. The disease is carried by mosquitoes who have bitten certain animals which is then transmitted to humans.
Although the West Nile Virus is primarily found in parts of Africa, the Middle East and parts of Western Asia, if you’ve watched the news at all lately, we are all well aware that this virus has reached the U.S. and has hit Texas particularly hard this year. The fact of the matter is that our climate conditions here are the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes who can carry the virus.
There have been hundreds of cases of West Nile reported across Texas resulting in at least 36 deaths across the state. Now, while there is a very real reason to take extra precautions, the reality is that only 1% of the people who contract the disease die from it. Most show no symptoms, but many show mild to moderate symptoms including stiffness, headache, disorientation, confusion, dizziness and other symptoms that are highlighted in the video below. Take a few moments to watch it and educate yourself on what to look for.
Even though chances of contracting the virus is slim, it is certainly more likely now than ever before with at least 55 cases being documented in the Houston area. You should take every precaution you can when outside, that includes wearing repellent with DEET, long sleeves and pants. Also, remove the breeding grounds that mosquitoes like to occupy, like any standing water around your home, or RVs in Houston such as in birdbaths, planters and gutters.
We’re not out of the woods yet and this year has already been the worst on record, so make sure you take every precaution you can to reduce your exposure. To read more on the origins, symptoms and other related material in regards to the West Nile Virus click here.