LUBBOCK, TX -- The threat of West Nile was eliminated for now in the Lubbock area by a hard freeze on November 13. West Nile can only be transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. Lubbock does have winter stasis mosquitoes, however, they do not carry West Nile.
For 2013 Floyd, Gaines, and Lubbock Counties each reported one death, respectively, from West Nile. As of November 12, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 11 West Nile cases for Lubbock County. Seven people suffered from West Nile fever and four people suffered from a more serious version of the illness, West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease.
For all of Texas in 2013 the DSHS reported 159 cases, 11 of which were fatal.