Posted on 18. Jul, 2012 by Brian Knox
The Wise Nile Virus seems to be making a comeback. As you can see from the map above, confirmed cases of West Nile Virus are popping up in many different areas of the state.
You’ll notice that counties immediately to our east (Denton) and south (Parker and Tarrant) already have confirmed cases. Even though it’s not on this map yet, I received a press release yesterday that West Nile has also been confirmed in mosquitoes in Wichita Falls.
It seems to be a matter of time before Wise County has a confirmed case, and it could come as early as this week. We are checking on a local suspected human case of West Nile Virus. Results in that case are expected as early as Friday.
A story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram yesterday called the 16 cases of West Nile in humans in Tarrant County so far this year an “epidemic .” Earlier this week, Dallas County confirmed its first death due to West Nile. At a press conference, city and health officials called Dallas “the epicenter of West Nile this summer.”
I wrote my first ever West Nile story almost exactly 10 years ago today. Much like that year, West Nile was popping up in several nearby locations but had not reached Wise County yet. The first confirmed case, in a horse, was in September. By the end of the year, there were 43 cases – 41 in horses and two in birds.
In 2003, the numbers decreased to 21 cases, but it included Wise County’s first and – so far – only human case of West Nile virus. In the eight years since, only 3 more cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Wise County – all in horses.
The Texas Department of State Health Services offers the following advice on avoiding West Nile: