Local West Nile problem could persist

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 3:21pm

MCLENNAN COUNTY -- With the number of West Nile cases in McLennan County totaling eleven, experts are saying this problem could persist well into the Fall.

Baylor Biology professor Richard Duhrkopf said the mild winter and consistent spring rains we've had in Central Texas happen to be perfect conditions for breeding mosquitos.

He detected the insects much earlier this year and permitting the weather we could keep seeing these guys more than we would want.

"Mosquitos, the larvae form has to be in water. It is an aquatic creature. So we need to find the water that it is in, find the water the larvae is in and deal with it. Dump it out," said Duhrkopf. 

Any stagnant water in buckets, rain gutters, or any container near your home should be poured out.

Officials also advise to stay indoors especially at dawn and dusk and wear repellent.

Also animals can contract the virus so it's important to keep them indoors as much as possible.

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