Illinois health officials say the hot, dry weather is to blame for more mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus this year and an earlier-than-usual first human case of the illness.
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St. Louis County mosquito control has already started their war on the pesky insects.
The warmer weather means ticks are getting hungry, so check yourself or your family members if you’re spending a lot of time outside.
An MU researcher says the bug bites and allergens are starting about two to three weeks ahead of schedule this year.
Mosquitoes carrying west Nile like to breed in stagnant water, which is more prevalent in hot, dry conditions.
The mosquito population is exploding in flooded parts of the state, but they’re not the kind that carry the West Nile virus.
Mosquitoes with West Nile have been found in communities ranging from Lemay in the southern part of the county to Florissant.
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