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.
West Nile Virus is back in Minnesota. The Metropolitan Mosquito Control says a mosquito sample collected in Scott County tested positive for the virus this week. So far, there are no human cases of the virus in the state.
Struggling to get above zero is less than ideal, especially when you spend more time getting dressed for the weather than actually being in it. But believe it or not, the cold does have some health benefits. We have the flu bug, but no other bugs to deal with, according to Dr. Christina Manders, a family physician with Fairview Clinics in Savage. “We don’t see Lyme disease, we don’t see West Nile. So tick-borne infections, mosquito-borne infections are not a factor,” Manders said.
Mosquitoes are not exactly the sign of spring that most of us look for.
There is good news and bad news surrounding the number of West Nile cases in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting an elderly man has died due to West Nile virus. According to the health department, the man’s death marks the 16th West Nile-related death in this state since 2002.
The number of Minnesotans getting sick this summer from the West Nile Virus is growing.
This year’s mosquito population is growing because of all the rainfall. But the same can’t be said for potential West Nile virus cases, even though that too depends on weather.