90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Friday, August 17, 2012

Experts Keep Watch On West Nile Virus

A plane for aerial spraying in Dallas. The last time Dallas used aerial spraying to curb the mosquito population, Texas’ Lyndon Johnson was in the White House. (AP)

Insecticide spraying is continuing in the Dallas area, the nation’s hotspot for the mosquito-borne West Nile virus.

So far, nearly 200 people have been infected and 10 have died in Dallas County. The mayor of Dallas has declared a state of emergency.

Officials in Michigan have announced the state’s first fatality: an elderly woman in Washtenaw County. Louisiana has had six deaths, the only other state besides Texas with more than one death.

Cases are on the rise in Chicago. Here in Massachusetts a man in his 60s has become the first person diagnosed with the disease this year. Human infections are at their highest since 1999 when the virus was first found in the U.S. At least 26 people have died so far this year from West Nile virus.

Guest:

  • Dr. William Schaffner, infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University in Nashville

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
  • Eric

    You reported Louisianna is the only other state with multiple deaths from West Nile. Actually, in Oklahoma has had at least three people die from the virus.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

April 17 3 Comments

Jane Goodall Plants ‘Seeds Of Hope’

The world-famous primatologist discusses her new book, which is back on shelves after some controversy.

April 17 9 Comments

College Advice From A High School Counselor

Lisa Micele answers listener questions and explains what schools are looking for beyond GPAs and standardized test scores.

April 16 Comment

ER Doctor Looks Back A Year After Marathon Bombing

Dr. Ron Medzon, an emergency room physician at Boston Medical Center, recalls treating victims injured in the bombing.

April 16 36 Comments

Tensions Build In San Francisco Amid Tech Boom

As San Francisco experiences a historic economic boom, some activists say not all city residents are reaping the benefits.