August 13, 2004 at 12:44 AM EST - Updated July 26 at 10:30 PM
State health officials says the wet and cool weather here at home is playing a part in the number of West Nile cases this year.
So far, they've seen fewer reports than expected.
The species that carries the virus does better in drier conditions, and rainy weather has brought in competing species.
Last year at this time, there were 7 human cases. This year, an 80 year-old Butler county man who died in July is the only human case.
But local health officials say the peak season for West Nile is late August, early September. The low numbers still have room to grow.
"The report from the state is great news and we really like that kind of optimistic information, but what we think we need to do is still caution people and remind them that although the risk in West Nile infection is still really low, it's still out there," says Chris Eddy, Director of Environmental Health with the Hamilton County General Health District.
Eddy says to DRAIN, DUNK, AND PROTECT.
First drain standing pools of water in your yard. If they they can't be drained, you can use dunks. The donut-shaped larvicide can be bought at a hardware store or nursery. Finally, remember to protect yourself with repellent containing DEET.