We told you recently that the number of human cases of West Nile this year has exploded, reaching 1,590 in the U.S.
Now, even worse, the number of people who have died because of it is on the rise — 66 so far.
That's the highest case count through the last week of August since the virus was first detected in the United States in 1999.
Texas seems like a great place to avoid right now, as 45% of the cases have come from there. 31 of the 66 deaths are from there.
Those numbers are expected to rise, too!
More than 70% of all West Nile virus cases in the United States are found in six states: Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Michigan.
Which is weird, because those seem pretty random!
– Drain all standing water from flower pots, old tires, clogged rain gutters, etc., where mosquitoes breed.
– Use an insect repellant that contains DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
– Also wear long sleeves and long pants to protect your skin when you're outside.
– Stay indoors at dusk and dawn because that's when mosquitoes are most active.
Stay safe, everyone!