West Nile deaths in Texas, but not Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

West Nile deaths in Texas, but not Lubbock

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Five people have now died this year in Dallas County from West Nile Virus, according to the Dallas Morning News.

So, KCBD NewsChannel 11 did a little checking back here in Lubbock. We learned that there are no West Nile cases this year in Lubbock, let alone any deaths related to the virus.

Why?

"That's due to a couple of things. First we haven't had a lot of rain so there's no standing water," said Lubbock's Public Health Coordinator, Becky Brawley. No standing water, means no place for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.

Brawley also said, "Our vector control still treats the playa lakes. That's their procedure to stop the mosquitoes from reproducing." Without mosquitoes, the deadly virus is not spread to people.

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