Yay. I was outside yesterday and they were eating me up. They usually leave me alone, too, plus I usually have my dogs running around my feet to keep them away.
We were talking with someone from the Dallas area a few weeks ago, and they said there's been 7 deaths this year from West Nile Virus up there. There's been one death in Travis County and another in Williamson County (north of Austin).
West Nile likely to worsen, with more cases and deaths
By Mary Ann Roser | Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 11:48 AM
As Texas records more than half of the nation’s cases of West Nile virus in the worst season for the illness ever, federal officials said today that the outbreak is likely to worsen.
The peak of the West Nile season usually occurs in mid-August, but it takes a couple of weeks for new cases to be reported to health authorities, said Dr. Lyle Peterson, director of the Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Cases reported now are from a week or more ago,” Peterson said. “Thus, we expect many more cases of West Nile virus to be reported.”
To date, the CDC has received reports of 1,118 human cases of West Nile, including 41 deaths, he said. Texas has received reports of 586 cases and 25 deaths—four of which have not been officially confirmed, said Dr. David Lakey, state health commissioner.