Mosquito season brings potential for West Nile virus to East Texas

Mosquito season brings potential for West Nile virus to East Texas

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - While many of us are still drying out from the recent floods, there is now a new concern just in time for summer - mosquitoes!

We know them for being a pesky nuisance, but it's the deadly West Nile Virus many of them are carrying that should have you taking precautions to stay safe. It only takes a simple bite by an infected mosquito to ,but when it comes to a cure, Public Health Preparedness Planner Gary Litton said you may be out of luck.

“The thing about mosquito-borne illness is that there is no vaccine for it", Litton said.

It's a chilling reality for many, especially around this time of year when temperatures are on the rise, and the temptation to spend time outside may be hard to resist. Typically, mosquito season starts in June, peaks in August, and goes down in November, but if you're looking for an indication of just how bad the season will be Litton offered this advice.

“It's kind of one of those things where you're just at the mercy of nature," Litton said.

However, there are precautions you can take when going outside. If you're using both insect repellent and sunscreen, health officials said to apply the sunscreen first and then the repellent.

“Make sure you're draining standing water and that your house has good screens to keep bugs out; these are just simple precautions that protect you and your family", Litton said.

These simple precautions will pay off, and they are especially important for Deep East Texas residents.

“With all the excess rain and the moisture that our area has seen, we do expect this year to be maybe a little bit worse than the year's past," Litton said.

Litton said if weather conditions permit, you should wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to stay protected.

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