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"The weather has not been
that favorable for West Nile yet. If the weather gets a little bit more
favorable, it could get worse than it was even though it's not been that bad so
far. It really is an issue of weather," said FOX19 Chief Meteorologist
Local health department officials
agree: It's just a matter of time.
"Typically what happens as
summer goes on, and even into early fall, is when you see the biggest number of
mosquitoes. So, we're kind of on the precipice of that," said Steve
Divine of the Northern Kentucky Health Department.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says most cases of West
Nile actually aren't that harmful. Less than one percent of people see
serious health problems, such as meningitis. However, doctors say it's a
disease that's been prevalent for nearly 15 years around here.
"This year with having been
a wet season, we certainly expect to see more West Nile disease than
previously but it's always going to be around," said Dr. George
Smulian, director of infectious diseases at the University of Cincinnati.
Things could get worse the deeper
into summer we get. If conditions are right, breeding of mosquitoes
increases. The wetter the weather, the more mosquitoes you'll see.
"We've been kind of up and
down this summer, so it's kind of like a neutral ground as far as the mosquito
populations go. However, if we stay fairly wet, which is what the
long-term outlook for the next 90 days is, it could favor the growth of
mosquito populations, and therefore, the virus," added Horstmeyer.
Looking at last year's final infection numbers from the
CDC's website, which were reported to ArboNET, Ohio had 121 cases, Indiana had
77 cases and Kentucky had 23.
Nationwide, the CDC says, as of last week, only 31 cases were reported and three people have died.