West Nile Virus, up until this past Saturday 49 counties across the State of Texas had confirmed cases of the infamous virus. Hidalgo County makes 50.
Uganda. 1937. A woman is infected by a strange illness that causes nausea, rashes, and aggressively attacks the nervous system.
Fast forward to bustling NYC at the close of the 90′s, the new form of the virus breaking into the U.S. and we’ve seen it off and on within our borders ever since.
Welcome to present day Hidalgo County, Texas.
We’re all aware of the necessary precautions, avoid being outside at dusk and dawn, use bug spray, remove standing water, but we must remember we’re dealing with a resilient bug.
Speaking of movies there is one other creature out there, often thought of in the same category of annoying pest, but actually aids in the control of mosquito populations
Bats, specifically the Mexican Free Tailed Bat, so called due to the length of its tail. They like to dine out, and according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, they’ll travel up to 100 miles round trip in an evening, and consume literally tons of bats.
Eric Reyna heads up McAllen Pest Control and like mosquitoes, most people wants bats on their property killed but killing a bat is actually against the law.
Even though we have had a relatively dry summer, officials urge continued vigilance as the hurricane season continues.
Tom Rader, FOX 2 News.