Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Binocular Snapshot for 08/22/2012

LastDayWatchers watch how the Texas curse continues

CDC says it's 'very concerned' about West Nile spread in Texas

"At 12:30 Dallas County HQ, Judge Clay Jenkins will host a press conference during which he’ll outline the plan for tonight’s aerial spraying in the southern Dallas County cities to be doused with Duet in an effort to curb the West Nile virus outbreak. But as a precursor of sorts,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted its own conference call with media at 11 this morning, during which Lyle Petersen, director of the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases, said he’s “very concerned” about the West Nile outbreak this year — the largest seen in the U.S. since the disease first appeared in this country in 1999.

Said Peterson, “The number of West Nile cases has risen dramatically in recent weeks,” pointing to the fact that but three states have yet to report a case: Hawaii, Alaska and Vermont. And of the 1,118 cases, he said, 629 were classified as neuroinvasive — “like encephalitis or meningitis,” he explained — and more than half were in Texas alone. And the trend here, he said, remains pointed “upward.”

“We expect many more cases to occur, and the risk will probably continue through the end of September,” Peterson said, despite the fact mid-August is generally regarded as the end of West Nile season. When asked why this year’s been worse than previous seasons, Peterson said, well, he’s not sure — though, no doubt, a mild winter, early spring and hot summer have all contributed to this year’s rise in cases."

Also know that they are not just spraying for the West Nile virus but also for what the LOUPE pointed out to you namely this