Iowa reports 1st West Nile virus death of 2018

Iowa reports 1st West Nile virus death of 2018

Iowa reports 1st West Nile virus death of 2018

No cases of West Nile have been reported in people yet for 2018.

According to the Department of Public Health and Environment, the Mead resident became ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the next day.

West Nile virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Pennsylvania officials are warning people to minimize their exposure to mosquitoes as testing is underway to confirm the suspected first case of human West Nile virus infection in the state this year.

It's not uncommon to find West Nile virus in mosquitoes found in Peel Region.

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The disease is most commonly transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite.

Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or experience only mild, flu-like symptoms. Initial symptoms can include fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, muscle aches and weakness and rash. "You should wear insect repellant if you go outside during dusk or dawn and should remove standing water around your home". Less than one percent of those infected develop serious illness of the nervous system like encephalitis or meningitis. Bird baths, clogged gutters and kiddie pools are common breeding sites. Residents are reminded to wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and trousers and use mosquito repellent containing DEET if older than six months of age.

"Public Health thanks the community for being diligent in removing standing water and eliminating the places where mosquitoes can breed", Callanan said.

"It doesn't take much for several hundred mosquitoes to be born".

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