This cold and rainy weather may be reminiscent of autumn, but it is time to think about mosquitoes. It is the time of year when most cases of West Nile Virus are reported. The Minnesota Department of Health says West Nile was found in four Minnesotans who donated blood over the summer.
It’s that time of year when ticks are plentiful and the risk of tick-borne disease is high. Our snowy winter did not hurt ticks. Instead it’s believed the snow insulated them from the cold.
State health epidemiologist Dave Neitzel says the wet and cold spring will bring a bumper crop of pests for the summer.
There’s a rise in cases of encephalitis that can severely affect, or even disable, young children in Minnesota. Health officials, however, say it’s preventable.
There is good news and bad news surrounding the number of West Nile cases in Minnesota.