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.
Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill that will close a loophole in sex offender rules.
The law will ban convicted sex offenders from playgrounds of recreation areas in private buildings. That means offenders will not be able to set foot in play areas like those found in McDonalds restaurants.
DETROIT (AP) - The lawyer for a Detroit-area cancer specialist accused of intentionally misdiagnosing patients says his client cannot post a $9 million bond.
Christopher Andreoff made the comment Wednesday, a day after a federal judge ordered bond for Dr. Farid Fata be increased from $170,000.
Prosecutors asked for the higher bond for fear the 48-year-old Fata would flee the country. They say FBI tracing shows Fata and his wife have $9 million in liquid assets.
A federal grand jury indicted Fata on Wednesday on health care fraud. The government says Fata ripped off Medicare by giving chemotherapy to patients who didn't need it and diagnosing cancer when it wasn't apparent.
Andreoff says his client is innocent. Fata is being held in the Wayne County jail pending a Tuesday preliminary examination.