Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been found in St. Joseph County. Health department officials found the infected mosquitoes on the east side of South Bend, though they did not specify exact location.
So, does this mean we're all going to get the disease?
In the last two days, two people (one each in Michigan and Indiana) have died from West Nile. No one in St. Joseph County has been affected so far this year, but we're entering the worst season for it … Fall.
Should we be living in fear?
“I think people feel a sense of helplessness because it’s a simple mosquito bite," said Dr. Jesse Hsieh with the South Bend Clinic.
People may think they know the ins-and-outs of getting West Nile, but do they?
- Children are more likely to get the disease than adults. MYTH
"The truth is people over 50 are more at risk for getting West Nile,” Hsieh said. But why? “Relatively few children have been reported with it, it's a statistical thing," he said.