Springtime is here … and with hotter days just around the corner we’re being advised to guard against West Nile virus. The virus is carried by mosquitoes which can transmit West Nile through their bites. Doctor Howard Pue with the State Health Department says most people who contract West Nile infection do not develop any disease at all. Last year, 64 Missourians contracted the disease, with eight people dieing from it. That compares to 168 cases with 7 deaths in 2002.