Last year in my neighborhood, someone died from it so however unlikely it is…you should at least take some precautions. I am surprised out how early the virus is showing up though.
San Diego is already getting a taste of it this year.
More dead birds infected with West Nile virus have been found in San Diego County. It’s the earliest time of the year the disease has ever been detected here. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
In January, a red-tailed hawk was found in Escondido with West Nile virus. Since then, the disease has been detected in at least five other birds in various parts of the County.
Mississippi got their first west nile virus case.
And Florida is dealing with Eastern equine encephalitis cases (EEE).
State agriculture officials say they’re seeing an outbreak of a mosquito-borne disease that can kill horses.
Last year, the state saw 18 cases of Eastern equine encephalitis. There have been nine cases already this year. The season typically starts in May.
I wonder how bad mosquitoes will end up being this summer? I actually already started preparing my yard just in case it was as bad as last year. I won this thing called the “skeeter defeater – mosquito killer“, it’s a mosquito repellent device in a contest a few months back and thought I’d hook it up early. It automatically sprays in the morning and evening so I don’t have to do anything…which I like. Haven’t seen any mosquitoes yet but it may be too early for them.
I’d be interested to see if this becomes the big issue of the summer.