LA CROSSE, Wis.-- The West Nile virus outbreak this year is set to be the worst in U.S. history.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports two deaths from probable cases of the virus in the southeastern part of the state. But, there are still no human cases in the Coulee Region.
The La Crosse County Vector Control manager says we do have birds that have been infected with the West Nile Virus in our area, but we may not see any human cases. "So, it's driven by the mosquitoes that carry it and their ability to feed on birds and feed on people. And the mosquito that we commonly find here that carry West Nile, I've reared them, I've put my hand in a container and they won't feed on me. They just don't feed really on humans and that's a really good thing for us," said Dave Geske.
La Crosse County Vector Control says it's also a good idea to protect yourself from ticks this time of year.
Fall is the second most common time for people to become infected with Lyme Disease.