Hot, dry weather heightens West Nile virus risk
from ABC News
Where there's water in the drought-plagued Midwest, it's stagnant water — the Culex mosquito's favorite breeding habitat. The heat also speeds up the mosquito's life cycle, which means more breeding and more mosquitoes, and accelerates the West Nile virus replication process. Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Texas are reporting higher rates of infected mosquitoes compared with past years.
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