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Wednesday - July 12, 2017 2:01 am

Mosquito tracker says La Crosse has most cases of encephalitis in country

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West Nile warnings have also come this week. 

For much of the summer, mosquitoes can be just a nuisance.

But the chance of getting an illness from mosquito bites could be higher than usual in La Crosse this year, because of big hatches that started around April.  

County mosquito tracker Dave Geske is looking out now for the La Crosse strain of encephalitis.

"La Crosse and surrounding counties have just really recorded the highest number of La Crosse cases in the country," Geske said.

As for the large number of mosquitoes this year, Geske blames the rainy weather for the spring hatch.

"Probably the largest I've seen in springtime," Geske said.

Geske believes the encephalitis outbreak will begin soon and last through Sept. 

Also this week, the health department warned people in the area to protect themselves against mosquito bites which could spread the West Nile virus.

Brad Williams

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from U-W-La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area.  Brad writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse.  He's been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.  

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