The panhandle now counts more than a dozen cases of West Nile virus.

There are three confirmed cases in Randall County and one in Potter.  The virus has also been diagnosed in Briscoe, Carson, Childress, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Hale, Hansford, Moore and Swisher counties.

The best way to avoid the virus is to avoid mosquitoes.  And that means using repellent if you plan on being out doors during dusk or early morning hours.