There hasn't been any reported cases of mosquito-borne diseases in Lubbock County yet, but conditions are perfect for that to change, according to a recent City of Lubbock press release.

Even though summer is winding down, we're now hitting peak mosquito season. The recent rains mean puddles and other standing water, and that means mosquito larvae are getting laid all over the place. (Please dump out any shallow standing water you may have in your yard.)

Some mosquito-borne illnesses that could hit the Lubbock area are Chikungunya, West Nile Virus and Zika. Each of these diseases are certainly unpleasant and potentially fatal to the very young, the elderly and the immuno-compromised. Zika has been in the news quite a bit due to the severe birth defects it can cause.

The City of Lubbock recommends you reduce your exposure to mosquitoes in the following ways:

   • Wearing an EPA registered insect repellent
• Covering up with long-sleeved shirts and long pants
• Keeping mosquitoes out of living areas by using air      conditioning or intact window screens
• Limiting outdoor activities during peak mosquito times

If you'd like to read the press release in its entirety, you can do so at the City of Lubbock's website.

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