Bad news about the West Nile Virus and mosquitos - there are even more insects carrying the virus in Summit County so far this year.
Terry Tuttle, Environmental Health Supervisor with the Summit County Public Health Department, says that this year's count of infected mosquitoes is the highest since the West Nile Virus first hit Summit County in 2002.
"What we're seeing so far this year is twice the amount of mosquitoes are infected, as compared to last year," Tuttle tells AkronNewsNow, "and last year was a lot, probably ten times higher than the previous years.
Tuttle says the hot weather and standing water are bringing the virus-carrying mosquitoes to the area like magnets.
He says people can help, by getting rid of the standing water that attracts the insects.
"They have to empty bird baths once a week, children's toys, kiddie pools, containers," Tuttle says, "all these things that hold water, that's what this mosquito likes to breed in."
There haven't been any human cases of West Nile Virus in Summit County so far this year.