All of this wet weather is creating a breeding ground for disease carrying mosquitoes and even worse, there is also been an increase in West Nile virus cases in Southern Alabama.

The Mobile County Health Department confirmed to FOX10 News that there have been 11 cases so far this year in the county, which is up about 1,000% from 2017.

Across Mobile County mosquitos are public enemy number one for vector control.

“It’s been wet all summer, but we’re stepping up our activity just to keep the numbers down as best as possible, said Paul Efird, an entomologist with the county health department.

Cases of West Nile Virus are suddenly on the rise with ten new cases in just the last month.

“Overall it’s been just spread throughout the county, there’s not any one that’s more particular then the other,” said Barbara Gibbs, with the Mobile County Health Department.

The department said certain years can be worse than others and this year definitely one of the bad ones, with the rain playing a role in the problem.

“The way that the weather has been, in our area, we just need to always stay vigilant every year, not just this year because we’ve seen the number of cases increase,” Gibbs said.

Vector control, which is working to kill the pest said they are going to increase spraying in areas where they are seeing more West Nile Cases, in hopes of reducing the mosquito population.

“The mosquito lives with the virus, if we can kill the mosquito that’s carrying the virus then we potential stopped another case,” Efird said.

CDC numbers show in all of Alabama there have been 23 cases so far this year.

Most people infected with West Nile do not even know they have it, about 1 out of 150 people develop a serious, sometimes deadly reaction.

If you live in Baldwin County, they are taking no chances doing targeted spraying near Fairhope in hopes of reducing infection.

To report an issue with mosquitoes in Mobile County, call 251-690-8124 or email VectorServices@mchd.org. To learn more, visit http://mchd.org and under “Services” select “Vector Control.”

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