Skip to comments.West Nile Virus in Texas: 10 dead and hundreds infected in Dallas County
Posted on 08/18/2012 8:31:24 PM PDT by dragnet2Edited on 08/18/2012 10:06:29 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
The West Nile Virus has hit Dallas County in Texas, which has killed 10 people and infected hundreds of others.
Planes began spraying for harmful mosquitoes in Dallas north of Interstate 30 and east of the Dallas North Tollway at 10 p.m. Thursday night and continued until early Friday morning.
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Now is a good time to ask how West Nile Virus came across the ocean to the USA.
CA is next. And you guys won't spray, so it's going to be uncontrolled.
Ask the Cubans.
West Nile....wonder where that came from?
West Nile...Egypt...’Arab Spring”
An AQ sponsored bio attack?
LOL—let’s say you get your answer. What makes it a good time to ask?
I haven’t even seen a mosquito this summer.
You can ask but it’s like the 1k varieties of plant and animal life that were not native to the US, and just somehow got “loose”. Throw in fire ants, boas, and kudzu.
Are they spraying with DDT?
Time to bring back DDT!
West Nile is a province in northwestern Uganda.
It was spread by Horses and the first cases outside of Africa were with Alexander the Great’s forces.
It has been around for thousands of years.
Apparently your fellow Californians have. 8 new human cases this week, 211 positive mosquito samples this week, 56 sacrificial chickens this week - all in CA, per the CA official website.
Also, CA West Nile human fatalities are up to 9 so far this year.
Forgot the link:
TX can’t spray with DDT, but we’re using Duet.
” What makes it a good time to ask?”
It’s starting to be a serious problem.
Seems to be spreading!
And horses from the Middle East carried the virus to the USA in the ‘60’s?
Is that state wide or just in one county, like Dallas County? Seems a bit odd that many being affected in just one county.
I was traveling through East Germany some years ago and was bitten, relentlessly, by the ‘skeeters’ there. One vicious bite was on my hand and it swelled hours later. Once we reached Poland......I was sick as a dog. Swollen glands, SEVERE weakness. Couldn’t even pull myself out of bed.
FINALLY was able to get a hold of some antibiotics from a horrible state hospital with an accompanying translator.
Don’t know what in the heck the illness was.....but never experienced anything like it in my life.
I grew up having mosquito bites....and I usually ‘absorb’ them.
“CA is next. And you guys won’t spray, so it’s going to be uncontrolled.”????
They sprayed in Elk Grove July 1 & 2
It was a trick question.
Obviously since he lives in the Dallas area and that seems to be where it is concentrated. We apparently had one hell of a president since he was capable of doing, causing or affecting the outcome of so many things.
The closest match to the US virus is an Israeli strain.
WNV is actually nationwide, but this year’s outbreak is looking nastier than most. The biggest and most significant concentration in TX at the moment just happens to be Dallas.
WNV stretches from Key West, FL to Anchorage, AK, IIRC.
Our MUD has been fogging all neighborhoods within their district at night with something once a month since May. We haven’t seen a mosquito anywhere in our area.
I live in Dallas County and the local media is all over this story. There actually have been ten people die in just Dallas County so far. Local news says that Dallas County has 25% of all West Nile cases in the country.
I understand WNV is widespread, but it still seems a bit odd this many being affected in just one county. Conditions must be good for these little nasties.
What are they contributing this to?
It has been around for thousands of years.
Went looking for something else, but learned something I wasn't looking for: The origin of the virus dates back to 1937, when the virus was isolated from a woman in the West Nile District of Uganda. Thus, the name...
The intriguing part of WNV, though, is that a defector from Hussein's regime told us that his scientists had created a more deadly strain of the virus -- and he was planning to spread it in the USA. Then, the first summer after 9/11, we saw a serious nationwide outbreak of what had been a rare, exotic disease -- and it could be tracked directly back to near-simultaneous outbreaks centered on JFK and BWI, expanding rapidly from there in concentric circles.
In 1999, 62 diagnoses and 7 deaths
In 2000, 21 diagnoses and 2 deaths
In 2001, 66 diagnoses and 9 deaths
In 2002, 4156 diagnoses and 284 deaths
In 2003, 9862 diagnoses and 264 deaths
In 2004, 2539 diagnoses and 100 deaths
In 2005, 3000 diagnoses and 119 deaths
In 2006, 4269 diagnoses and 177 deaths
It wasn't especially deadly, but it was nasty enough. And it hardly existed in the USA prior to 2002.
Per a link from that website:
“Aerial treatments will be made using Trumpet, an organophosphate insecticide registered for mosquito control by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California EPA and traditionally used to treat agricultural areas.”
Aside from the obvious joke of “anything approved by the CA EPA has to suck”, Trumpet 1) is a nerve agent that can affect humans, 2)is one of those hoooorrrrrrrible organophosphates that the envirowackos complain about all the time and 3) doesn’t actually work that well.
You guys won’t spray with the actual effective stuff. If you had tried, the Sierra Club etc would have sued and gotten an injunction.
Random luck. IIRC, last year it was Houston.
Last year we were in a drought in the area. This year all but one county is out of Stage IV drought due to the significant rains we’ve had. That means standing water, and that means mosquitos. Last year it was North Dakota that got a late bounty of mosquitos due to the flooding.
No one cause in particular. The blue hairs are all up in arms about the ariel spraying though. Local NBC affiliate played a couple of clips showing people claiming that the spray schedule was racist because they didn’t spray South Dallas first.
And probably the reason I have yet to see a mosquito in my region...I haven’t seen any real rain since probably April.
Everything seems racist nowadays. Very odd.
Rain or flood, all you need is standing water. Doesn’t matter if it’s here or Missouri or Montana or out in CA. It’s Dallas this year, could easily be OKC or Memphis next year.
We had a wet Spring, then a pretty dry Summer. We have actually had 3 good days of rain this week. Maybe that will help.
Uh, like, maybe Ellis Island wasn’t such a bad idea after all???
Sorry to hear that, mlizzy. :(
Looks like he was battling both cancer and west nile. Yikes!
To the residents of the area -- Hispanic and non-Hispanic, legal and illegal, felons and law abiders. No favoritism or discrimination whatsoever. I'm very proud.
I don’t know what they are spraying, but it has some people upset because it’s serious business.
Bugs too, don’t mess with Texas. :)
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