Welcome to the jungle: More mosquitoes and West Nile cases reported

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The Minnesota Department of Health reports that there have been 25 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in the state this year, a rather significant rise since the state's first case was reported on July 25.

WCCO-TV reports that the updated numbers include four cases where the virus was detected in blood donors.

The county with the most reported cases was Stearns County, which has seen three confirmed cases this year. Only Otter Tail, Brown and Wright Counties have seen two cases in 2013. One Minnesota death has been reported.

The MDH has tracked the cases and the bugs on this map here.

In a related story, WCCO also says it's been a buggier year than normal for the unofficial state bird, due to a two-drought followed by heavy rains and high temps.

In parts of Connecticut this summer, according to the Associated Press, mosquito traps had double the usual number of bugs. Minnesota traps in July had about triple the 10-year average. And in central California, traps had five times as many of one key species as the recent average.

The mosquito, it seems, is everywhere this summer, and that bites.

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