Minnesota health officials say that 8 more cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in the state. Minnesota has now seen about eight new cases of the mosquito-borne disease each week since late August. Brown County Public Health Director Karen Moritz says that early September has historically seen numerous cases of the virus. She says that the mosquito which spreads the disease prefers drier, hot weather, which we’ve seen a lot of this year. The latest additions bring the total number of West Nile illnesses in the state this year to 60, with one death. In the local area there have been 3 cases confirmed in Brown County and one each in Sibley, Redwood, Cottonwood, Waseca, Le Sueur, Scott and Carver Counties. The number of new cases is expected to start declining soon as cooler weather arrives. Nationwide, more than 3,100 cases of West Nile have been reported, resulting in 134 deaths.