Iowa Reports First West Nile Death of 2018

Iowa Reports First West Nile Death of 2018

Iowa Reports First West Nile Death of 2018

Ann Garvey says this death related to West Nile is tragic, and reminds Iowans to protect themselves and their families from mosquitoes.

No human cases of West Nile have been reported in Louisville so far this year.

The resident started to feel ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the next day, the release said.

"The recent wet and increasing hot weather has created the flawless conditions for the Culex mosquito that carries West Nile Virus", Mark E. Wallace, Executive Director of the Weld County Health Department wrote in a release.

It's not uncommon to find West Nile virus in mosquitoes found in Peel Region. According to World Health Organisation, there is one reported case of transplacental (mother-to-child) WNV transmission.

"I think it's important for us to talk a little bit about it today because it's one of those unusual years where there's not a lot of biting pressure from the so-called nuisance mosquitoes", he said. About one in five will develop flu-like symptoms that can include fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.

Most infected people don't exhibit any symptoms but if you do you should see a healthcare professional immediately.

Carroll and Helwig recommend people eliminate any artificial containers with standing water on their property, such as buckets, wheelbarrows or toys. Change the water in bird baths at least once a week.

Mosquitoes are usually most prevalent from late April until mid-October.

Avoid the outdoors from dusk until dawn. Information about insect repellents can be found by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html. Use an approved repellent according to its label. Long sleeves and trousers if possible.

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