West Nile Threat Down

There's some good news concerning the West Nile virus. Fewer people are contracting it.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, states are now reporting fewer cases of the mosquito-borne illness.

Healthcare officials say the main reason for the drop is the change in seasons.

"With heavy rainfall, obviously there would be collections of water and mosquitoes can breed," said Dr. Olu Ransome-Kuti of Greater Meridian health Clinic. "But with the temperatures down, that kind of reduces the spread of breeding of mosquitoes. So, I probably expect that the spread should be reduced at this time."

Healthcare officials remind the public that this is flu season. Flu shots are available at local health clinics.