Fears rise as more West Nile Related Deaths Confirmed in Texas and California (Aug 22, 2012)

English: The proboscis of an Aedes albopictus ...

English: The proboscis of an Aedes albopictus mosquito feeding on human blood. Under experimental conditions the Aedes albopictus mosquito, also known as the Asian Tiger Mosquito, has been found to be a vector of West Nile Virus. Aedes is a genus of the Culicine family of mosquitos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two West Nile-related deaths were confirmed Tuesday 2,000 miles apart – the 11th confirmed this year in Dallas County, Texas, and the first in Fresno County, Calif.Nationwide, there have been at least 26 deaths attributed to

the West Nile virus this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The Fresno County Department of Public Health said an elderly woman was hospitalized for the virus and later died, marking the second West Nile-related death in California in 2012.”All residents, especially those over 50 years of age and those with chronic health conditions, must take this disease seriously and should take every precaution to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites,” said Dr. Edward L. Moreno, director and health officer for the Fresno County Department of Public Health, in a news release. “I also encourage residents to engage the services of their mosquito abatement district, if necessary, to eliminate possible mosquito-breeding sources around their homes.” The death came just a day after Dallas launched a second aerial attack against the West Nile virus. Five small planes sprayed more than 360,000 acres with mosquito-killing pesticides.The first aerial attack was last Friday, making it the first time in more than 40 years that Dallas County has used an aerial launch to treat a virus.http://news.yahoo.com/west-nile-related-deaths-confirmed-texas-california-220523524–abc-news-topstories.html

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