If you are outside celebrating, barbecuing, or just hanging out, remember to cover up and wear, not only your sunscreen, but also your bug spray. Here is a quick article about the West Nile outbreak we need to keep in mind.
Health officials warned Wednesday that the current outbreak of West Nile virus is still breaking records and prompting deaths in many states.
The number of reported U.S. cases has reached 1,590 this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The figure includes 66 deaths, 30 of which occurred in Texas. “This is the highest number of cases reported to the CDC through the last week in August since West Nile virus was first detected in the U.S. in 1999,” said Lyle R. Petersen, director of the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases.
He added that contrary to some guesses, Hurricane Isaac will have “no noticeable effect” on the outbreak. Several Gulf Coast states have been hit hard by West Nile virus since the start of the year. Petersen encouraged residents to use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants and avoid standing water.
“The number of cases continues to rise,” Peterson said, “and will get higher throughout October. … We are working closely with state and local government to contain the outbreak.”
Only two states — Alaska and Hawaii — have not reported any cases of West Nile virus in people, birds or mosquitoes this year, Petersen said.
So, let’s all get to non-laboring and
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!