Two Confirmed Cases of West Nile in Big Spring 8/8/13
August 8th, 2013
Rains in July brought more than just water to West Texas. They provided a breeding ground for mosquitoes and now there are two Big Spring residents with confirmed cases of the West Nile Virus.
“It is a major concern for a city because now we have to take precautions to prevent further cases,” said Big Spring Mayor Larry McLellan.
McLellan says the city is spraying throughout the city and especially in low lying areas and Beals Creek.
“We started about July 20th or somewhere about three weeks ago. And have sprayed each night to try to target these areas,” he said.
Medical Center Hospital is treating a patient for the West Nile Virus. There is no vaccine for the virus so hospitals have to treat the symptoms.
“Treatment is usually dependent on what patients presents with. There’s no definite treatment for West Nile,” said Pam Burton, a Registered Nurse at the hospital.
Hospital officials say the best way to prevent West Nile is by spraying bug repellent and not allowing water to collect in flowerpots and buckets.
“Tires that are in the yard, dog water dishes, things like that. Keep the water emptied and refreshed. Stagnant water is breeding grounds for the mosquitoes,” she said.