posted on September 12, 2012 15:44
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is prediction that this will be the worst year for West Nile Virus cases. Health officials said so far over 14-hundred cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been reported nationwide, 34 of those are from New YorkState. 118 have died from the virus across the Nation including a man from Buffalo who died this past week.
Interim Public Health Director in Genesee County David Whitcroft said so far there are no human cases of West Nile reported in Genesee County.
“The mosquito population has come out with a vengeance and people should remember to protect themselves from exposure from bites, because the West Nile season is not over and will not be over until we get a killing frost,” said Whitcroft.
Whitcroft said the State Health Department is anticipating a spike in human West Nile cases across New York before the end of October. The CDC is expecting the number of viruses to surpass the 2002 record of nearly 3,000 severe cases and 284 deaths.