Are Hunters at Risk of West Nile? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/19/03

Are Hunters at Risk of West Nile?

The number of West Nile Virus cases are on the rise, according to the City of Lubbock Health Department, 15 people in Lubbock have contracted the virus.

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More than 100 different species of birds have tested positive for West Nile, mostly in crows and jays. The incidence in dove and quail is extremely low, but with dove hunting season flying in on September 1st, are hunters at risk?

The health department says there is no evidence that a hunter can get the virus from handling live or dead infected birds, but Ken Condon says it doesn't hurt to use some common sense safeguards.

He says that when cleaning your game bird that you do collect, wear rubber gloves. You need to make sure that you don't share any blood. Before the hunt, your best protection against West Nile is to find some bug spray with Deet, because West Nile is a mosquito-borne illness.

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