POSTED: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 12:33pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 12:44pm
Longview, TX — It’s cold out there, but East Texans are not in the clear just yet when it comes to the West Nile virus.
State health officials said Wednesday that the Culex mosquito — carrier of the potentially fatal disease — is still alive and well. More than 260 cases of West Nile have been reported since Oct. 1 in Texas.
“We can’t let our guard down just yet,” said Russell Hopkins, department director for public health emergency preparedness with the Northeast Texas Public Health District.
Hopkins said the mosquitoes are hiding inside and under houses, and it will take a prolonged spell of below-freezing temperatures to be rid of the insects.
West Nile Virus— which has claimed 79 lives in Texas this year— has leveled off in Northeast Texas, but cases continue to climb in other parts of the state.
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