West Nile Virus Season Has ArrivedThis 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.
Tick-Borne Disease Risk Is High In Minn. 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 Official Warns Of Increased Mosquito And Tick LevelsState health epidemiologist Dave Neitzel says the wet and cold spring will bring a bumper crop of pests for the summer.
Officials: Mosquito-Bourne Virus Is Easily Preventable 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.