Iowa confirms first 2017 case of West Nile in the state

Warning given about increase of mosquitoes here

"Twelve calendar months after a patient has been hospitalized for West Nile Virus infection, their #1 disabling, persistent symptom is fatigue", explained Dr. Leis. There is no known cure or treatment for West Nile.

Iowa Department of Public Health officials say the virus has been found in every Iowa county since it first appeared in 2002.

The Bradley man only is the second West Nile case in IL this year.

For more information about West Nile Virus, visit www.cdc.gov or contact your county health department.

West Nile virus is spread to humans and horses through the bite of an infected mosquito. There have been nine new cases in humans in MS over the past week and 19 total human cases reported so far this year.

The Waupaca County Department of Health and Human Services reported the bird was found on July 21.

That number peaked in 2012 with 57 confirmed cases of the disease statewide.

But those symptoms can worsen, especially in the elderly, or people who already have compromised immune systems. "This means that even a mosquito can not bite an infected human and transmit the virus to another human, in contrast to the Zika virus". Last year, there were 155 cases across the state, six of which were fatal. "What they do is they trap mosquitoes in those areas and they test them for diseases like West Nile".

Webb said the county has been monitoring and trapping mosquitoes since May and will continue until October.

Use insect repellent with DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus. "That keeps the mosquitoes from breeding in that water". Since mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, removing any sources of standing water such as small pools and birdbaths will help reduce the mosquito population.

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