7 new West Nile virus cases in Houston

CDC: Cases a reminder not to let guard down as temperatures drop

Published On: Oct 04 2012 07:17:09 AM CDT

The city of Houston reported 7 new human cases of West Nile virus Wednesday..

Six of the victims are from southwest Houston and one is from northwest Houston. The cases brought the total number of cases to 73, with four deaths reported.

The update from the City of Houston came just hours after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that as of Oct. 2, 163 people in the U.S. have died from West Nile Virus this year.

More than 4,000 cases were reported.

Local 2 Meteorologist Anthony Yanez said mosquitoes will not be dormant until our area sees freezing temperatures. That means we could see West Nile virus cases continue to crop up despite dropping temperatures.

The CDC said now is not the time to let your guard down. The organization continued to encourage people to avoid the outdoors at dawn and dusk, and use insect repellents containing DEET.

Protect Yourself From West Nile Virus

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Nile virus, which is spread through mosquito bites, can be fended off by emptying containers that may collect rainwater and sprinkler water. Also, use insect repellent, especially when going out in the evening.

To help eliminate mosquito-breeding sites and prevent mosquito-borne diseases, residents should do the following:

West Nile Virus Symptoms In Humans

West Nile Virus Symptoms In Animals

For more information about West Nile virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website.