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Mosquito repellent selling off local store shelves

In Uncategorized, West Nile Virus on September 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

By Ruben Veloz, EL PASO, Texas

Stores in the borderland are selling out of insect repellent as more and more people worry about contracting the West Nile virus, according to a local Walgreens store manager in West El Paso.

Experts are saying this is the worst West Nile season in years.

KFOX14 checked at the Walgreens store on Doniphan and Mesa, where store managers are reporting sell out of insect repellent.

The store says most of the demand seems to be in west El Paso.

The store thinks it has to do with the open space in the area, allowing the opportunity for more standing water.

One El Paso man who was seen leaving the store said he just bought four cans of spray last week.

“I can understand that they are selling a lot of the stuff because I am going to be buying a little bit more than I already have,” said 59-year-old west El Paso resident Clarence Spradley. “Me and my son are planning on going fishing and be prepared. So, yeah, I’m worried about it.”

He’s hoping his supply will keep bugs away from his family for about a year.

The El Paso Health Department has reported 16 cases of West Nile virus so far this year. Two people have died of the virus.
Three cases have been reported in Dona Ana County, N.M..

While other people are stocking up on the mosquito repellent, some find it a little bit extreme.

“I don’t think it hits the radar bad enough to me for me to actually go to the store and buy something like that to just spray on myself,” said Central El Paso Resident Hector Marquez.

Spradlley however, believes it’s better to be safe than sorry.

“It’s better to have more than what you need and not have anything then when you do need it,” said Spradley.

One Walgreens manager told KFOX14 they are expecting a special shipment of insect repellant for all Walgreen stores in El Paso.

If you have trouble finding insect repellent check, you can try checking the camping section of select stores.

Sometimes insect repellents are sold in that area.


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