West Nile Virus: State Wide Education Program - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/21/02

West Nile Virus: State Wide Education Program

There is no need to panic when it comes to the West Nile Virus. That is the advice from Texas Health Commissioner Eduardo Sanchez. He does say however, you should be vigilant and take the proper precautions, especially after the recent rains. Eliminate any standing water. Check places like trash cans, bird baths, and patio furniture, anywhere rain water may have collected.

Sanchez also announced the development of a statewide education campaign. The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave Texas $1.3-milliont to combat West Nile in Texas. Part of the money will be used to fund television and radio ads in both English and Spanish.

A toll free number will be available on Monday 1-888-883-9997, and a new web site will be operational by Friday (click here ).

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