AUDIO: West Nile slow to develop in 2014

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Aug 22, 2014 at 10:37 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) West Nile virus has been slow to develop in Minnesota in 2014.

The State Health Department's Dave Neitzel says the first human case orf the virus has just been confirmed--in a woman who lives in Pope County. Neitzel says the woman was not hospitalized and is recovering. 

Neitzel says the cool summer weather, "has really helped to slow down the development of West Nile virus."

Neitzel says the virus, "needs warm weather to grow in the mosquitoes and the birds this virus cycles back and forth between."

The peak year for West Nile cases in Minnesota was 148 in 2003. The lowest number--just two cases--came in 2011. 

Neitzel says the cool summer has kept virus numbers down

Neitzel says the West Nile virus season will carry into September

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