The West Nile Virus won't be as bad this year, says expert.
Ned Walker, of Michigan State University, predicts the number of cases to be lower than 2012 due to cooler weather conditions. Walker says that cool and wet conditions slows down the transmission of the virus... and then tends to go up in hot temperatures. In 2012, there were more than 200 cases reported in Michigan, including 17 deaths. A man from St. Joseph County was the first reported case of 2013, last week. Protect yourself from the virus by using repellant and wearing long sleeves at night and at dawn.