After being abandonedat a local animal hospital last month, kitten sisters Laverne and Shirly arestill waiting to find their new homes, as well as hundreds of other animals atthe Harris County Pets animal shelter.
"We're seeing a lot of young people getting infected, so that's people less than 40. We also know those are the people with the lowest rates of vaccination," Rivera said.
Harris County Public Health confirmed the West Nile Virus has been found in dozens of mosquitoes and bird across the county this year.
Only about half of Harris County residents have been fully vaccinated at this point. “The key point is those patients with severe disease who are being hospitalized almost entirely are unvaccinated,” Long said.