Here we are coming to the end of another year. The mosquito season should be wrapping up soon, although there has been some late activity in Florida this year due to an extremely warm autumn. In the year 2015, there have been twenty-eight deaths from West Nile virus confirmed in California alone. Last year, we talked about the drought in California and why these conditions would up the amount of West Nile virus cases. Unfortunately, our prediction came true. In the article we talked about the myth that a dry winter causes a far less active mosquito season with less danger or risk of mosquito-borne disease. True enough mosquitoes need water to breed, however, when drought conditions are being experienced the lack of water forces birds and mosquitoes to use the same shallow pools of much more concentrated and dirtier water. This overcrowding of being forced to share the same water resources increases the risk of disease to spread since birds and mosquitoes carry the same illness’s that can infect humans. Since then, the drought in California hasn’t improved at all. In fact, it actually spread out northward to Oregon and Washington. Suffolk County in New York reported their first West Nile virus death in 2015 in three years.
It is unfortunate to report that 2015 has been a rough year when it comes to disease causing pests. Those at the highest risk are the elderly and the young who are more susceptible to these diseases due to weaker immune systems.