Tonight I heard the spray trucks for mosquitoes come by more than once in midtown Mobile. This is a normal summer event along the Gulf Coast. The old rules about the pests biting only at dusk or dawn though has changed. They bite 24/7. Every time I go outside they’re dive bombing me. When I open a door, they try to rush into the air-conditioning. This is normal in Mobile, but maybe not in other parts of the country.
In Body Wave, the mosquitoes come out to bite as well. Reece Carson, a nurse entrepreneur in the novel, also writes an historical health column and has just had an article published on the last yellow fever epidemic in Mobile. Mosquito born diseases are nothing new, but even the CDC has been surprised by the number of neurological cases associated with West Nile. So, stay aware and let me offer some experienced advice. Keep the bug spray handy. If they bite you, I’ve found a product called AfterBite, and it sure takes care of the itch. Scratching makes it worst. Disclaimer: I own no stock in the product. I’m just trying to be helpful.
Just think back in the 1800’s people thought yellow fever came from miasma, a poison mist from the swamp. They burned pitch to ward it off on the street corners. Mmm, come to think of it, the insecticide mist coming from the back of the spray trucks do resemble a miasma of sorts. Has anything really changed?
Be safe. The link below offers you a close up view of the disease carrying culprit and the latest update. What are your tips for avoiding the pests?
West Nile cases jump 25 percent in a week, CDC says CDC West Nile virus cases, which are spread by mosquitoes, continue to rise in the U.S., health officials said. By JoNel Aleccia, NBC NewsWest Nile cases in the U.S. continue to climb, jumping 25 percent in a week, with 1,993 cases nationwide and 87 deaths in the country’s worst outbreak for this time of year since the virus was detected here in 1999, health officials said Wednesday.Texas continues to log the most cases, with at least 888 reported illnesses and 35 deaths, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But Dr. David L. Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, said his latest figures actually show that Texas has reported 1,013 cases and 40 deaths.”Officially, this is the worst week ever for West Nile in Texas,” Lakey said.