West Nile has remained out of the public discussion for much of the summer. Health officials tell KTRS News, the threat is not over.
"I'm happy that we're half way into August and--knock on wood--we haven't had any person get sick with West Nile Virus," says Drew Hane, manager of Vector Control in St. Louis County.
He says that despite below average temperatures it is still plenty warm for the mosquito population to grow. The increase in precipitation from this year compared to last has caused the mosquito population to explode. This presents a unique problem, "If it was 4% of mosquitoes last year and we've got twice as much population and it's still 4%, you're now twice as likely to run into those 4% of mosquitoes because there are so many out there."
Hane says the best protection is still an insect repellent with deet or picaridin.