West Nile Threat Puts Lubbock on Alert - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/25/03

West Nile Threat Puts Lubbock on Alert

Mosquitoes used to be pesky, now they're dangerous. The Lubbock Health Department has confirmed two human cases of the West Nile Virus here in Lubbock. Now, residents are on alert.

Sources say one of the victims is a child. Meantime, scientists at Texas Tech have identified West Nile positive mosquitoes throughout the city. It's unfortunate, but it's something we've all come to expect this time of year.

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With the West Nile Virus now an established threat, Maggie Edwards isn't taking any chances with her children. "We just try to be very careful," says Edwards. Even though it's midday, Edwards is using an insect repellent towelette to wipe one of her girls down at the lake. She'll spray them again this evening.

At grocery stores across town, managers are busy keeping shelves stocked with Off. Off is flying off the shelves. "Really, your off products are the best. This is the thing you look for, 'Contains DEET," says Chris James of United Supermarkets.

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At the Outdoorsman, heavier duty, maximum protection insect repellents are also big sellers.

The West Nile threat is serious. Jan ice Myers found a small hawk dead in her back yard earlier this week. She heard news reports about dead birds possibly being infected with the virus and called vector control immediately. "I knew they needed the bird within 24 hours. So I called and they were here right away," says Myers.

Although most dead birds are probably no danger, you should not touch them. Instead, call vector control so the bird can be sent to the lab for testing.

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Remember these tips:

  • Avoid being out when mosquitoes feed, usually dusk and dawn.
  • Wear long sleeves.
  • Use repellent with at least 35% DEET for adults, and 10% for children.
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