An Associated Press story is predicting that 2012 could be the worst year ever in the U.S. for West Nile disease.
1,405 serious illnesses and 118 deaths have already been logged so far across the country, the highest numbers being in Texas. Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Michigan have also seen large numbers of cases.
West Nile disease is transmitted by birds to mosquitoes and finally to humans.
Symptoms range from flu-like illness to mental instability. The disease can be fatal and to date there is no cure.
MBJ video journalist Stephen McDill recently talked about West Nile with Dr. Rathel Nolan, an infectious diseases expert with the University of Mississippi Medical Center.