Last year at this time — the Houston area was going through the worst West Nile Virus outbreak on record in Texas. Four people died in Houston and 85 others died statewide as a result of the virus. But this year the disease has barely shown itself.
Harris County Mosquito Control officials say the rate of mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus is starting to slow. That trend is expected to continue into September as the season for the virus begins to taper off.
As two more people are diagnosed with West Nile virus in Harris County, Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee held an emergency preparedness briefing on options for responding and managing the spread of the potentially fatal disease.
Two more people have died of West Nile Virus in the Houston area. That brings the human death count up to three people — with more than a dozen infections. Harris County officials have ordered aerial spraying for mosquitoes in the west and northwest parts of the county.
As the Dallas area sprays for mosquitoes for the first time in decades, health officials here in the Houston area say we've seen a sharp increase in mosquito samples that have tested positive for West Nile Virus. One local doctor says the virus could cause big problems long after an infection.