Expert: Mich. West Nile won’t be as bad as 2012

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An expert on West Nile virus predicts Michigan’s season won’t be as bad as 2012.

Ned Walker at Michigan State University says cool, wet conditions tend to slow down transmission of the virus. He says West Nile is inevitable, but he believes the number of cases will be lower this year.

State health officials last week reported the first confirmed human case of 2013, a man from St. Joseph County in southwestern Michigan.

There were more than 200 West Nile cases in Michigan last year, including 17 deaths. It’s commonly spread by mosquitoes.

Walker says the infection rate typically goes up when there are high temperatures. Experts recommend people use repellant, wear long sleeves at dusk and dawn and eliminate standing water.

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