More West Nile Cases 20 Sep 12

Minnesota health officials say eight more cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in the state.

Minnesota has now seen about eight new cases of the mosquito-borne disease each week since late August.

Brown County Public Health Director Karen Moritz says that early September has historically seen numerous cases of the virus. She says the mosquito that spreads the disease prefers drier, hot weather, which has been the case.

The latest additions bring the total number of West Nile illnesses in the state this year to 60, with one death. Three cases have been confirmed in Brown County and one each in Sibley, Redwood, Cottonwood, Waseca, Le Sueur, Scott and Carver Counties.

Experts say the number of new cases is expected to start declining soon, with the arrival of cooler weather.

Nationwide, more than 3,100 cases of West Nile have been reported, resulting in 134 deaths.