Longview prepares for West Nile outbreak

Longview prepares for West Nile outbreak

POSTED: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 11:14am

Longview’s plan for West Nile prevention this year is two-fold: Be alert and encourage residents to protect themselves.

“Because of what happened last year, that has enabled us to be a lot more prepared,” said city Environmental Health Department Director Buck Farrar. “Everything seems to be conducive to some type of a repeat of last year.”

This past summer and fall saw the deadliest outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease in the nation’s history.

West Nile illness killed 240 Americans in 2012 — 86 in Texas.

One Gregg County resident died and 29 others were infected with the disease that had relatively small outbreaks before 2012.

This past year, the city wasn’t expecting an outbreak, Farrar said. This year will be different.

The Environmental Health Department has begun looking for mosquito larva in water.

Read more from the Longview News-Journal.

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