CDC: West Nile Virus cases up in 2012
Following a mild winter, we have had one of the hottest summers on record. This has led to an abundance of animal births and a huge increase in the insect population. Because of the severe drought, animals and birds congregate near water where insects proliferate. Consequently, there have been numerous mosquito, tick and flea bites, as well as contact with flies, all of which can transmit infections from animals to man.